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USS Lakeland (LSM-373)
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USS LSM-373 (1945 - 1959)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Echo
NVOE
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 Div Seventy-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 19462 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 received 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 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 Capacity 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-373 74k USS LSM-373 underway, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-373 92k 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 Lakeland (LSM-373)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Mueller, Robert W. USNR27 January 1945 - 9 April 1946
    02LTjg. Grisson, Thomas Henry, USNR9 April 1946 - 15 September 1946
    03ENS. Bucklin, Robert William, USNR15 September 1946 - 14 October 1946
     Decommissioned14 October 1946 - 28 February 1958
    04LT. Evans, Dorrance O., USN28 February 1958 - 1959
    05LT. Hoye II, James Mitchell1959 - 14 October 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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