LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium: Laid down at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX, (date unknown); Launched, (date unknown); Commissioned USS LSM-23, 23 June 1944, LTjg Karl K Hickman, USNR in command. During World War II LSM-23 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theatre and participated in the Leyte Landing, 13 October to 29 November 1944 and the Ormoc Bay Landings, 7 to 8 December 1944; Decommissioned, 1 April 1946 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC; Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown); Final Disposition, sold, 12 February 1948, to Hill Dredging Corp., Ventnor, NJ, fate unknown. LSM-23 earned two battle stars for World War II service.
Specifications: Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded); Length 203' 6" o a; Beam 34' 6"; Draft, light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft; Speed 13.2kts, (max.), (928 tons displacement); Complement 4 officers, 54 enlisted; Armament one twin 40mm gun mount, four single 20mm gun mounts; Vehicle/Boat Capacity, 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's, Troop Capacity, 2 officers, 46 enlisted; Armor, 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station; Propulsion, two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement).
The DANFS history extract for LSM-23 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).