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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-73, 16 September 1944, ENS. Evan E. Jones USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-73 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 Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 26 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-73 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 September to 26 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 April 1946 at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LSM-73 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 9 February 1948, to the Chesapeake Bay Ferry District of Cape Charles, VA.
  • Taken over by the Virginia Ferry Corporation, converted to serve as a fuel tanker for the seven car ferries that ran between Kiptopeke Beach (Northampton County Virginia) and Little Creek, VA.
  • Placed in service as the M/V Kiptopeke
  • Sold to either Chilean or Peruvian owners circa 1963 when the Chesapeake Bridge Bay Tunnel opened
  • 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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    USS LSM-73
    LSM-73 49k USS LSM-73 beached, date and location unknown. K. Lang to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-73 76k USS LSM-73 at anchor, date and location unknown. K. Lang to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Merchant Service
    LSM-73 62k Ex-USS LSM-73 in merchant service as the Virginia Ferry Commission tanker M/V Kiptopeke. She served the seven car ferries that ran between Kiptopeke and Little Creek, VA. Note - she had a superstructure added just aft of midship and tanks fitted inside the hull. The hull was black and upper works were white with "straw" colored stack. Paul Burket

    The history extract for LSM-73 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Jones, Evan Edward, USN16 September 1944 - September 1945
    02ENS. Ozmun, D. B., USNRSeptember 1945 - 2 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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