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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 10 October 1945
    22 October to 3 December 1945
  • 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
    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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    LSM-120 77k 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
    LSM-120 20k USS LSM-120 and LSM-123, beached at Wakayama, Japan, 25 September 1945. Joseph P. Haley
    LSM-120 54k USS LSM-120 drydocked, date and location unknown. Bob Jager to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-120 44k 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
    LSM-120 146k 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).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Korn, Robert M., USNR10 December 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Straughan, Virgil E., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Halverson, Wallace R., USNRMarch 1946 - 14 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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