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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)
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 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:
|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:
Decommissioned, 10 April 1948, 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
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|5 to 12 September 1945||29 September to 15 December 1945
|24 to 26 September 1945||
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-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
||USS LSM-74, USS LSM-60 and USS LSM-238 heading towards
the beachhead at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||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
||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.
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).
|01||LTjg. Prewitt, Silas, USNR||20 September 1944 - ?|
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