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USS LSM-320


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Kilo - Alpha
NVKA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LSM-320 was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines and named BRP Oriental Mindoro (LP-68)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944 Commissioned USS LSM-320, 19 August 1944, ENS. Martin G. McConnell USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-320 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
    LSM Group Sixteen, LCDR. J.T Brugger Jr., USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty-Two and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-320 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 9 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 September 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Transferred, 27 April 1962, to the Philippine Navy, named BRP Oriental Mindoro (LP-68)
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-320 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Philippine Navy in 1989, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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)
    Propulsion
    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-320 1165k USS LSM-320 moored at Okinawa while off/on loading materials, date unknown. Donn Cuson
    LSM-320 84k USS LSM-320 preparing to offload her cargo, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1958 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LSM-320 70k USS LSM-320 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 79863 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    BRP Oriental Mindoro (LP-68)
    LSM-320 191k Ex-USS LSM-320 in Philippine Naval service as BRP Oriental Mindoro (LP-68) moored at Culion Leper Colony, Culion Island, Calamian Group, Republic of the Philippines in 1966. BRP Oriental Mindoro transported passengers between Manila and Culion Island. Photos by Diane Brown Fletcher (Peace Corps Volunteer)
    LSM-320 233k
    LSM-320 206k
    LSM-320 207k
    LSM-320 257k
    LSM-320 216k

    The history extract for USS LSM-320 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officer
    01ENS. McConnell, Martin G., USN19 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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