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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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, 28 October 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 18 November 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-120, 10 December 1944, LTjg. Robert M. Korn USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-120 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22)
LSM Group Thirty-four, LCDR. V.W. Webb USNR;
LSM Division Sixty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-120 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 14 May 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-120 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold in October 1958, to American Tug Boat Co., Everett, WA. and converted to a barge, fate unknown
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 10 October 1945
|22 October to 3 December 1945
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 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-120, USS LSM-123 and USS LSM-338 landing Army occupation forces at Wakayama, Japan, 23 September 1945.
US Navy photo # NH 351357 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-120 and LSM-123, beached at Wakayama, Japan, 25 September 1945.
||Joseph P. Haley
||USS LSM-120 drydocked, date and location unknown.
||Bob Jager to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||Distinguishable in this multiple ship view are USS LSM-120, USS LSM-357, USS LSM-453 and LSM-358, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-120 decommissioning crew party, 8 May 1946, location unknown. Albert I. Vote is to the left of the officer in the center of the photo.
||Jess Vote for his father Albert I. Vote USS LSM-120
The history extract for USS LSM-120 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LTjg. Korn, Robert M., USNR||10 December 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Straughan, Virgil E., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Halverson, Wallace R., USNR||March 1946 - 14 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 1 June 2018
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