LSM 18

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium
    Laid down April 10 1944 - Launched May 7 1944

  1. USS LCM-18
    Commissioned June 14 1944 - Decommissioned March 26 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Sold February 16 1947 to A. G. Schoonmaker Co, NY for conversion to a barge

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1945)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Postmark Image
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Cover Image






Other Information

LSM-18 earned five Battle Stars for World War II service
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 13 to November 29 1944
Ormoc landings, December 7-8 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 16-18 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Mariveles-Corregidor landings, February 14-28 1945
* Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, March 10, April 17-23 and May 10-16 1945
* Borneo operation
Balikpapan operation, June 26 to July 6 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) [Ormoc Bay, P.I., December 7 1944] - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards
Purple Heart (1-KIA Ormoc Bay, P.I., December 7 1944)



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