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USS LSM-381


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, 23 December 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-381, 12 February 1945, LTjg. Raymond Wolcott USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-381 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty, LCDR. O. J. Heggem USNR;
    LSM Division Eighty
  • Following World War II USS LSM-381 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    17 September to 4 November 1945 
    4 July 1946 to 1 September 19474 July 1946 to 1 September 1947

  • Decommissioned, date unknown, and transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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-380 64k USS LSM-381 moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. R.J. Hickey to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-380 62k USS LSM-381 moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. R.J. Hickey to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-380 122k USS LSM-381 underway, date and location unknown. Note the laundry hanging across the well-deck. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 56k USS LSM-381 crew eating in the well deck, date and location unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 75k USS LSM-381 underway, date and location unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 81k USS LSM-381 moored alongside USS LSM-429 date and location unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 59k USS LSM-381 moored pierside at Tsing Tao, China, date unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 57k USS LSM-381 moored inboard of USS LSM-447 and USS LSM-444 pierside at Tsing Tao, China, date unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 57k One of USS LSM-381's two Fairbanks Morse Diesel engines. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 230k USS LSM-381's engine room annunciator. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 55k One of USS LSM-381's propellers on deck. The propeller was damaged date and location unknown.
    ("My late uncle Machinist Mate 2nd Class Louis J. Albert (USN) gave me his medals from WWII and I took an extensive history of his service at that time. He told me the following concerning LSM 381: “On 15 Jan 1947 Louie was assigned to LSM 381 in service at Sing Taw [Tsingtao], China on the Yangtze? River. After Louie joined LSM 381 they started removing Marines from Sing Taw [Tsingtao] due to the Communist take-over of China. During this operation LSM 381 ran aground in the Yangtze River? and the crew and Marines were transferred the USS Lejeune AP-74 an Attack Transport Ship, and returned to Japan.” NavSource has a photo of USS LSM 381 with a damaged propeller on deck – this may have been from running aground as mentioned by my uncle. Also I am not sure he had the correct river. Sincerely Captain (CA) George J. Albert Jr. Army Field Historian, California Center for Military History, past Naval Research and Study Element")
    Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381
    LSM-380 84k USS LSM-381's "HOMEWARD BOUND" pennant, date and location unknown. Ken Jankowski for his father John "Ski" Jankowski MOmm2/c USS LSM 381

    The history extract for USS LSM-381 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Wolcott, Raymond, USNR12 February 1945 - ?

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