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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 left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



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 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
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Philippine Navy in 1989, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-320 received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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 single 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
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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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)
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    The DANFS 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

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