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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 November 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, 23 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-348, 24 March 1945, LT. James P. Baldwin, Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-348 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven
    LSM Group Thirty-Three;
    LSM Division Sixty-Six
  • Following World War II USS LSM-348 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 to 27 September 194528 September 1945 to 1 January 1946
    2 to 9 March 1947 
  • Decommissioned, 22 September 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 27 February 1948, to United Fruit Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-348 59k USS LSM-348 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-348 45k USS LSM-348 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-348 47k USS LSM-348 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-348 76k USS LSM-348 and USS LSM-85 entering the Advanced Base Dock ABSD-6 at Guam, Marianas, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-348 51k USS LSM-348 moored outboard starboard side to, in a nest of three LSMs, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045171
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 96k USS LSM-348 moored inboard of USS LSM-232 at Pier Peter, Port Apra Inner Harbor, Guam. 2 January 1946. Note the 20mm and 40mm gun mounts on the dock and the oily water full of flotsam and jetsam next to the pier. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-348 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Baldwin Jr., James P., USNR24 March 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Brigham, Jack M., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03ENS. Hedrick Jr., Clay E., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04ENS. Carlson, R. P., USNRJune 1946 - September 1946
    05LT. Trottier, Albert Roland, USN (USNA 1943)September 1946 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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