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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 20 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-177, 30 September 1944, LTjg. Robert H. Gettys USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-177 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Two, LCDR. N.E. Fryer Jr. USN (38);
    LSM Division Forty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-177 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 to 30 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-177 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 29 October 1947, to Platzer Boat Works, Houston, TX., 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 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-177 54k LSM-177 at Charleston Navy Yard after being launched, 12 August 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-177 48k USS LSM-177 at Saipan, date unknown. Photo from the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM2, LSM-116 and LSM-467
    LSM-177 53k USS LSM-177 in a small floating drydock (AFD-type) of Service Squadron Ten at a Pacific base, circa early 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-5501.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-177 84k USS LSM-177 beached at Legaspi, southern Luzon, P.I. Mount Mayon, 2,421 ft. looms in the background. Photo was taken from USS LSM-132, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-137 316k USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., 30 August 1945. In the background are; USSLSM-256, USS LSM-107, USS LSM-177, USS LSM-212, USS LSM-83, USS LSM-82, USS LSM-134, USS LSM-4, and USS LSM-17, Photo was taken from USS LSM-186 Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186

    The history extract for USS LSM-177 is from USS LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Gettys, Robert H., USNR30 September 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Fox, Richard M., USNRDecember 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg. Wilson, D.C., USNRFebruary 1946 - 3 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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