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USS Lakeland (LSM-373)
USS LSM-373 (1945 - 1959)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 9 December 1944 at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 30 December 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-373, 27 January 1945, LTjg. Robert W. Mueller, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LSM-373 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR. C. L. Weigle USN (27);
LSM Group Thirty-Seven, LCDR. W. J. Chisholm USNR;
LSM Division Seventy-Three and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 18 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-373 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September 1945 to 15 March 1946||2 September 1945 to 15 March 1946
| ||16 March to 12 April 1946
Decommissioned, 14 October 1946 at Mobile AL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs FL.
Recommissioned, 28 February 1958, at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., LT. D. O. Evans in command
Named USS Lakeland (LSM-373), 14 October 1959
Decommissioned, 5 November 1959
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 October 1960, to Portsmouth Salvage Co., Chesapeake, VA.
USS LSM-373 earned one battle star for World War II service
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||USS LSM-373 underway, date and location unknown.
||Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-373 underway, date and location unknown. Note: her guns are covered for preservation in the "mothball fleet."
||Robert Hurst and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
USS LSM-373 / USS Lakeland (LSM-373)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Mueller, Robert W. USNR||27 January 1945 - 9 April 1946|
|02||LTjg. Grisson, Thomas Henry, USNR||9 April 1946 - 15 September 1946|
|03||ENS. Bucklin, Robert William, USNR||15 September 1946 - 14 October 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||14 October 1946 - 28 February 1958|
|04||LT. Evans, Dorrance O., USN||28 February 1958 - 1959|
|05||LT. Hoye II, James Mitchell||1959 - 14 October 1959|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last Updated 20 February 2015
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