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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-71, 15 September 1944, LTjg. James C. Steele, USNR in command
During World War II LSM-71 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Following World War II LSM-71 performed occupation duty in the Far East
Decommissioned, 23 September 1946 at NOB Subic Bay, P.I.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold , 4 September 1947, to Luzon Stevedoring & Co., Philippines, fate unknown LSM-71 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 26 April 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" oa
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament one single bow mounted 40mm gun, 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)
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||LSM-284, LSM-71 and LSM-290 at anchor off Iwo Jima awaiting orders to proceed to Japan, 20 August 1945.
||Darl Dewitt to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-71 (center) LSM-284, (lower right), LSM-290 (far left background), and LSM-365 (far right background) at anchor off Iwo Jima awaiting orders to proceed to Japan, 20 August 1945.
||Col. Roderick Hicks to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-71 underway, date and location unknown. Note the large number of LCTs in the background of which only LCT-1248 is distinguishable at the left margin. Photo by Ivan VanMeter
The DANFS history extract for LSM-71 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 8 December 2006
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