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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX., (date unknown)
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-388, 26 February 1945, LT. Wilbur G. Inman USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-388 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Sold, 9 December 1947, to William J. Mitchell, Oakland, CA.
  • Commercial Service History; converted to the towboat Peter W, Official Number (255409), at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, OR. Operated by Western Transportation Company Portland, OR. on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Acquired for commercial service in Alaska, renamed Bristol Monarch.

    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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    USS LSM-388
    LSM-388 58k LSM-388 beached, date and place unknown Joe L. Ball to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-388 97k LSM-388 beached, date and place unknown. Note: There might be some monkey business going on here. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-388 56k The new bow of the ex LSM-388 slips into place under the overhanging superstructure and the tug Peter W takes shape at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, OR. Ron Gray/Capt.
    LSM-388 44k ex LSM-388, the 145-foot Peter W, powerful Columbia River log-towing craft, was converted from the original 203-foot LSM hull by Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland. Original twin 1800-hp Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines power the tug. Ron Gray/Capt.
    LSM-388 56k ex LSM-388 in commercial service as the towboat Peter W, shortly after her conversion on the Willamette River in 1948. Ron Gray/Capt.
    LSM-388 71k ex LSM-388 in commercial service as the towboat Peter W at Portland, OR. in 1974. Photo by Ron Gray / Captain

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-388 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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