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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, 6 January 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 27 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-388, 26 February 1945, LT. Wilbur G. Inman USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-388 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven
    LSM Group Thirty-Two;
    LSM Division Sixty-Two
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-388
    LSM-388 58k USS LSM-388 beached, date and location unknown Joe L. Ball to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-388 97k USS LSM-388 beached, date and location 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-USS 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-USS 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-USS 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-USS LSM-388 in commercial service as the towboat Peter W at Portland, OR. in 1974. Photo by Ron Gray / Captain

    The history extract for USS LSM-388 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Inman, Wilbur G., USNR26 February 1945 - ?

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