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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, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (2-KIA, unknown number wounded, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima)

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-74, 20 September 1944, LTjg. Silas M. Prewitt USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-74 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Six, LCDR. L. Brouwer, USN;
    LSM Division Fifty-One and participated in the following Campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 21 February 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-74 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 to 12 September 194529 September to 15 December 1945
    24 to 26 September 1945 
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-74 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 October 1947, to Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN, 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-74 57k USS LSM-74 part of Task Unit 53.4.2, is en route to Iwo Jima. February 1945. Taken from the USS Auburn (AGC-10).
    A Tom J. Lange USS LSM-74 photo.
    Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
    LSM-74 76k USS LSM-74, USS LSM-60 and USS LSM-238 heading towards the beachhead at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-74 50k USS 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 45k USS 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 USS 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. Joe Sherrill

    The history extract for USS LSM-74 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Prewitt, Silas M., USNR20 September 1944 - June 1945
    02LTjg. Broughton Jr., Ellis, USNJune 1945 - 10 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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