Moving Images

These films (Parts 1-3) were shot by Joseph E. Ziak while onboard LSM-87 in the Pacific. They were shot on an 8mm camera.

Background music selections on part 1 are A Sea Chanty and Racing the Yankee Clipper, written by Robert W. Smith, courtesy of Warner Bros. Background music on parts 2 and 3 are selections from Victory at Sea, written by Richard Rodgers, courtesy of Williamson Music.

Part 1: 7 minutes 6 seconds
LSM-87 in the Philippine Islands.
Part 2: 6minutes 53 seconds
Leaving the Philippine Islands and off of the coast of Cebu.


Part 3: 5 minutes 48 seconds
LSM-87 at Yokohama, Tokyo Bay during the initial occupation of Japan.

Roundtable discussion with crew of LSM-87 taken at the 2002 reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Part 1: 18 minutes 52 seconds

Part 2: 14 minutes 11 seconds

Excerpt from the 1952 television series: Victory at Sea Vol. 14: Suicide For Glory, the Battle of Okinawa, April 1945    

The films should automatically load after you select the link. You will have to select the play button at the bottom left side of the screen. The films are saved as Quicktime streaming video. If you are having difficulties playing the films, visit and download Quicktime 6 (Or the latest version). Be sure to also install the "Active X" device if you are on a PC based machine. Click here for the download page at the apple website.


Revised 01/26/2006 by Mark R. Kurzinski