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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,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:
|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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||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
||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
||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
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).
|01||LTjg. Steele, James C., USNR||15 September 1944 - 11 November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Borley, Robert W., USNR||11 November 1945 - 18 February 1946|
|03||LTjg. Crowe, John N., USNR||18 February 1946 - 8 April 1946|
|04||LTjg. Slaughter, Clarence W., USNR||8 April 1946 - 9 May 1946|
|05||ENS. Wallace, James William, USN (USNA 1946)||9 May 1946 - 23 September 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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