Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Gator Navy

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Location: at the eastern terminus Everglades Avenue, near the Cooper riverfront, Charleston Naval Complex, North Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 52.074    W 079° 57.917
  32.8679    -79.96528333
Style: Mounted **


This Landing Craft, a LSM (Landing Ship Medium) represents more than 150 Landing Craft-LLC's LSM's LSMR's, LST's - built by the Charleston Naval Shipyard between 1942 and 1945. At the peak of the Landing Craft construction period, from January-December 1944, the shipyard launched 128 newly constructed LSM's - an astounding average of one every three days. During wartime, these LSM's, as part of our Afloat Amphibious Forces - The "Gator Navy" - delivered men and equipment ashore during numerous beach landings, often in the face of enemy fire.