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Precedence of awards is from 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, 11 November 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 2 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-356, 27 December 1944, LT. Gordon L. Garrett USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-356 was assigned to 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, 18 May to 30 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS LSM-356 was assigned Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-356 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 30 July 1947, to Wiley L. Wroten, New Orleans, LA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, circa 1955
    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-356 68k USS LSM-356 beached at Okinawa, several days after typhoon "Louise" had passed over the island on 9 October 1945. During the typhoon LSM-356 broke loose from buoy at 0630 and beached 150 yards from Vana Barv Airstrip-East Runway. W.O. McLaughlin USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 78k USS LSM-356 beached while off-loading US Marines in May or June in 1945 at Aquma Shima. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 58k USS LSM-356 beached while off-loading US Marines in May or June 1945 at Aquma Shima. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 57k USS LSM-356 underway off Okinawa sometime between May and November 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 62k USS LSM-356 and LSM-358 moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, T.H., while either enroute to Okinawa in 1945 or while returning to the US. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-356 129k USS LSM-356 preparing to launch a drone aircraft, 6 June 1945 while off Okinawa. Loaded catapult, etc. and on Saturday 16 June 1945 launched first drone. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    313k Aerial view of ex-USS LSM-356 being dismantled while wedged into a slip with an unidentified patrol vessel in 1955 at Alexander Yard in New Orleans, LA.

    The history extract for USS LSM-356 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Garrett, Gordon L., USNR27 December 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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