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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, 31 January 1945,at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 14 March 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-438, 5 April 1945, LT. George L. Wilkinson USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-438 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
LSM Group Forty-Three;
LSM Division Eighty-Five;
Decommissioned, 8 December 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 February 1948, to New Orleans Shipwrecking Corp., Chicago, IL.
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-438 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 14 March 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-438, USS LSM-141 and USS LSM-211 beached,
date and location unknown.
||Marty Peterson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-438 under way in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79843, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-438 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Wilkinson, George L., USNR||5 April 1945 - ?|
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