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LSM and LSM(R) Histories


When the writing project was developed for the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) the parameters for this series were designed to cover only commissioned Navy ships with assigned names. If the ship was not assigned a name it was not included in the histories written for the series, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

The Ships History Branch initiated the DANFS writing project in the 1950s. At that time the branch had a very large staff of historians to research and write ship histories. The volumes were published in alphabetical order and the series consists of:

Volume 1--A and B

Volume 2--C through F

Volume 3--G through K

Volume 4--L and M

Volume 5--N through Q

Volume 6--R through S

Volume 7--T through V

Volume 8--W through Z

Volume 1 Part A (update)

Ships with only a designation, such as LSM, were not included in the DANFS series. This was not because they didn’t contribute to the mission of the Navy and defense of the country but because of the parameters set up in the 1950s for writing the DANFS.

The LSM and LSM(R) histories were not included in the DANFS for the above reasons. To help further the history of LSMs the Ship’s History Office scanned a history of these ships that had been compiled by Captain James B. Birindelli, SC, USNR (Retired). Because of staff limitations (the Ships History Office now has only 3 historians) the history was scanned in Adobe Acrobat and is not word searchable. Federal Regulations Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires all documents that are posted on Federal Web Sites to be word searchable. Consequently, all we can offer is a copy of the CD-ROM that has the history of the LSMs and LSM(R)s on it in Adobe Acrobat.

Please send a letter requesting CD SH-0068 and a $10 check made payable to the “Department of the Navy” if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the CD-ROM with the history of the LSMs compiled by Captain Birindelli. The address is: Naval Historical Center, Ships History Branch, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374

16 September 2005