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November - Victor - Foxtrot - Lima
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,29 July 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 22 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-71, 15 September 1944, LTjg. James C. Steele USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-71 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
    LSM Group Seventeen, LCDR. C. H. Johnson, USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 26 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-71 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 12 August 1946
  • Decommissioned, 23 September 1946 at NOB Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-71 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 September 1947, to Luzon Stevedoring & Co., Philippines, fate unknown
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-284 72k USS LSM-284, USS LSM-71 and USS 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 84k USS LSM-71 (center) USS LSM-284, (lower right), USS LSM-290 (far left background), and USS 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 144k USS LSM-71 under way, 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 Jack LaPeer

    The history extract for USS LSM-71 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Steele, James C., USNR15 September 1944 - 11 November 1945
    02LTjg. Borley, Robert W., USNR11 November 1945 - 18 February 1946
    03LTjg. Crowe, John N., USNR18 February 1946 - 8 April 1946
    04LTjg. Slaughter, Clarence W., USNR8 April 1946 - 9 May 1946
    05ENS. Wallace, James William, USN (USNA 1946)9 May 1946 - 23 September 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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