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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, 5 August 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 30 August 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-78, 28 September 1944 at Houston, TX., LT. Hugh C. McFarlane, USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-78 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
LSM Group Seventeen, (flagship) LCDR. C. H. Johnson, USNR;
LSM Division Thirty-Four and participated in the:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 26 April 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-72 was assigned to Occupation service in Japan from 22 September to 9 November 1945
Decommissioned, 1 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 12 August 1947, to St. John Tugboat Co., Ltd., East St. John, New Burnswick, Canada, converted to a barge, fate unknown
USS LSM-78 earned one battle star for World War II service
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-78 beached during low tide at Matsuhama, Japan, 16 October 1945.
||Herbert N Smith Jr. S2/c USS LSM-78 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-78 and USS LSM-72 beached at Okinawa, April 1945.
||Donald McLain to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||Herbert N. Smith Jr. S2/c in the galley of USS LSM-78
||Herbert N. Smith Jr. S2/c USS LSM-78 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-78 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 16 May 2014
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