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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Zambales and Okinawa) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
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-72, 17 September 1944, Lt. James F. Barlow, in command
During WWII USS LSM-72 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
LSM Group Seventeen, (flagship) LCDR. C. H. Johnson, USNR;
LSM Division Thirty-Three and participated in the:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Zambales - Subic Bay Operation, 29 to 31 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 April to 17 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-72 was assigned to Occupation service in Japan from 20 September to 20 November 1945
Decommissioned, 5 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Sold, 10 November 1947, to Capitol Salvage & Sales Co., Edgewater, N.J.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LSM-72 earned the Navy Unit Commendation and two battle stars for World War II service
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-72, USS LSM-77 and USS LSM-228 beached on the Okinawa reef, April 1945.
||Bob Stoll USS LSM-228 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-72 and USS LSM-78 beached at Okinawa, April 1945.
||Donald McClain USS LSM-72
Official US Navy history of USS LSM-72 at NavSource contributed by Ron MacKay, Jr., Historian, USS LSM-LSMR Association
|01||LT. Barlow, James F.||17 September 1944 - ?|
|02||LTjg. Bostow, Lawrence, USNR||May 1945|
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