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USS LSM-338


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Lima - Kilo
NVLK
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LSM-338 was transferred to Thailand and named HTMS Phai (LSM-2)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 August 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, 5 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-338, 10 January 1945, LTjg. John M. Barker, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-338 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
    LSM Group Thirty-Six, LT. V. L. Homer USN;
    LSM Division Seventy-One
  • Following World War II USS LSM-338 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September 1945 to 20 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 28 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred, 14 October 1946, to Thailand and named HTMS Phai (LSM-2)
  • Used for spare parts for HTMS Kut (LSM-1)
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown. conn preserved as static display at a Thailand Naval Training Base
    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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    USS LSM-338
    LST-261 85k USS LSM-338 moored along with USS LST-261 probably on the Mississippi i River. Notice the cut down masts to facility passing under bridge that span the river. date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    LSM-338 57k USS LSM-338 underway in ice and snow off Chicago, IL., winter 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-338 50k USS LSM-338 underway in ice and snow off Chicago, IL., winter 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-338 73k USS LSM-338 underway in ice and snow off Chicago, IL., winter 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-123 63k USS LSM-123 and USS LSM-338 landing Army occupation forces at Wakayama, Japan, 23 September 1945. Bob Jager to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-120 77k Left to Right, USS LSM-120, USS LSM-123 and LSM-338 landing Army occupation forces at Wakayama, Japan, 23 September 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 351357 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    HTMS Phai (LSM-2)
    LSM-338 190k Ex-HTMS LSM-2 (ex-USS LSM-338), conn as a static display, now at the Thai Navy Fleet Training Command Base in Thailand. Peter Sukhum

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-338 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
    LSM-LSMR Association
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