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Lost to enemy action, 7 December 1944


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Alpha - Hotel

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Ormoc Bay, 7 Dec. 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (7 December 1944, Ormoc Bay, (4-KIA, Chester R. Smith SM3/c, Joe R. Baeta MoMM2/c, Robert R Harms, F1/c, Lloyd C, Russell SC1/c)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down in April 1944 at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched in June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-318, 3 August 1944, LT. Perry W. Rairden, Jr., USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-318 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 December 1944

  • While departing from Ormoc, 7 December 1944, USS LSM-318 was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze suicide plane, set afire and sunk
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-318 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm gun
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-318 59k USS LSM-318 on fire and sinking at Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands, 7 December 1944, after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze Plane. James Cimpl to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-318 59k Illustrated story of the attack and sinking of USS LSM-318 during the Leyte Gulf operation in an article from the "Pullman-Standard Log Calumet" Harbor Shipyard newspaper, Vol. 3 No. 4, February 16 1945 Tommy Trampp

    The history extract for USS LSM-318 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officer
    01LT. Rairden Jr., Perry W., USN3 August 1944 - 7 December 1944

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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