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USS LSM-372


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Charlie
NVOC
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, 9 December 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 30 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-372, 26 January 1945, LT. Paul B. Unterman, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-372 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LSM Flotilla Thirteen LCDR Wiegle USN in command and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 August 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold in December 1958, to Diamond Construction Corp., Savannah, GA, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-372 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" oa
    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
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 54
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 4
    Armament
    one single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity
    5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    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 propellers
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    LSM-372 400k USS LSM-372 commissioning crew, Little Creek VA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-372 21k USS LSM-372 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-372 101k USS LSM-372 view of the well-deck looking forward from the conning tower, date and location unknown. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-372 71k USS LSM-372 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-372 47k USS LSM-372 underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-372 33k USS LSM-372 underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-372 82k USS LSM-372 moored pierside at Cebu City, Philippine Islands, November 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-372 71k USS LSM-372 beached, date and location unknown. Woody Coleman to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-372 124k USS LSM-372 alongside USS LSM-467, date and location unknown. USS LSM-372, USS LSM-394, USS LSM-467, and USS LSM-487 were en-route from Guiuan, Samar via , Apra Harbor, Guam, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Port Hueneme, CA., 11 April to 21 May 1946. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-372 474k USS LSM-372 crew member, Jim Tusing (left) and shipmates, Pearl Harbor, 1945. Jim Tusing USS LSM-372
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    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-372 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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