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USS LSM-418


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 27 September 1944, at Dravo Corp, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 14 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-418, 6 December 1944, LTjg. Benjamin W. Ferguson, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-338 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
    LSM Group Thirty-Six, LT. V. L. Homer USN;
    LSM Division Seventy-Two and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 18 May 1945
  • Following World War II LSM-418 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September to 25 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 October 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 August 1958, to James K. Ulrick, Cincinnati, OH., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-418 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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-418 54k LSM-418 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-418 73k USS LSM-418 at Wakayama, Japan, date unknown. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-418 72k USS LSM-418 at Wakayama, Japan, date unknown. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-418 58k USS LSM-418 beached, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-418 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
    LSM-LSMR Association
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