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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Hearts (2-KIA, unknown number wounded, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-74, 20 September 1944, LTjg. Silas Prewitt, USNR in command
During World War II LSM-74 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 10 April 1948, at New Orleans, LA.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold, 8 October 1947, to Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN, fate unknown
LSM-74 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima Gunto, 19 to 21 February 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" ovl.
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament one single 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
Troop Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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||LSM-74 part of Task Unit 53.4.2, is en route to Iwo Jima. February 1945. Taken from the Auburn (AGC-10).
A Tom J. Lange USS LSM-74 photo.
|Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
||LSM-74, LSM-60 and LSM-238 heading towards the beachhead at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-74 on the beach at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. Note the smoke from being hit by enemy artillery. At left foreground, a Marine infantryman is running, seeking cover. LSM-74 managed to off-load her tanks before heading further out to sea.
USMC photo from "Leatherneck" Magazine, February 1995, photo by Sgt. Bob Cooke USMC.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-74 in LST Area Baker, 19 February 1945, assessing damage from Japanese artillery, making temporary repairs and caring for her wounded while waiting for the tug Yuma (ATF-94) to take her in tow. Once secured to Yuma the wounded and the bodies of (Willard O. Hicks, S2/c, and Pascual R. Rois, S2/c) were transferred off the ship. Photo by Tom J. Lange USS LSM-74.
The DANFS history extract for LSM-74 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 9 April 2004
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