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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 USNR 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    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
  • USS LSM-72 earned the Navy Unit Commendation and two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 10 November 1947, to Capitol Salvage & Sales Co., Edgewater, N.J.
  • Final Disposition, 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-76 72k 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
    LSM-72 57k 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
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Barlow, James F., USNR17 September 1944 - December 1944
    02LTjg. Bostow, Lawrence, USNRDecember 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Webb, Theodore J., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Bagnulo, R. M., USNRMarch 1946 - 5 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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