LSM 315

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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 - Launched (dates unknown)

  1. USS LSM-315
    Commissioned July 13 1944 - Decommissioned June 14 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria

    Struck from Naval Register (date unknown)

  2. VERNON STURDEE AV-1355 (Australian Army Service)
    Sold January 26 1960, to the Royal Australian Army and named
    Assigned to Australian Army Royal Engineers, 32 Small Ship Squadron
    Sold for commercial service 1972, possibly modified as a timber carrier

    Believed to have sunk in the Solomon Islands, circa 1984

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     (1944)



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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Other Information

LSM-315 earned two battle stars for World War II service
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landing January 4-12 1945
* Consolidation and occupation of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings May 10-16 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) [S.W. Pacific October 25 1944] - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - 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, S.W. Pacific October 25 1944)



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