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USS LSM-356


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Lima
NVDL
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


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-356, 27 December 1944, LT. Gordon L. Garrett, USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-356 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 May to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 30 July 1947, to Wiley L. Wroten, New Orleans, LA., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-356 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Accommodation 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-356 68k USS LSM-356 beached at Okinawa, several days after typhoon "Louise" had passed over the island on 9 October 9, 1945. During the typhoon LSM-356 broke loose from buoy at 0630 and beached 150 yards from Vana Barv Airstrip-East Runway. W.O. McLaughlin USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 78k USS LSM-356 beached while off-loading US Marines in May or June in 1945 at Aquma Shima. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 58k USS LSM-356 beached while off-loading US Marines in May or June 1945 at Aquma Shima. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 57k USS LSM-356 underway off Okinawa sometime between May and November 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 62k USS LSM-356 and LSM-358 moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, T.H., while either enroute to Okinawa in 1945 or while returning to the US. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 129k USS LSM-356 preparing to launch a drone aircraft, 6 June 1945 while off Okinawa. Loaded catapult, etc. and on Saturday 16 June 1945 launched first drone. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-356 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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