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By Bob Frazier USS LSM-170

LSM 170 loaded with steel pontoons, left Little Creek ,VA. after shakedown heading for the Far East via the Panama Canal, she made a stop on the west coast to load out ammunition, one in Hawaii for refueling and then on to Eniwetok.

The next stop was Saipan and Tinian where the main activity was nearly over. Okinawa was next on LSM-170's agenda. She arrived during the final stages of the invasion. After arriving she encountered Typhoon Louise as it passed through the island area. The ship lost both anchors near Buckner Bay and floated freely until grounding on the small island of Yanbaru, nearly high and dry. Fortunately this occurred at low tide. When the high tide occurred the crew was able to winch her off the island using the stern anchor engine and a cable to a distant reef.

With no real damage USS LSM-170 loaded Army personnel and equipment which was delivered to Nagasaki, Japan. Her assignment completed, USS LSM-170 headed back to the States via Hawaii and the Panama Canal, eventually reaching Lake Charles, LA., where she decommissioned, 2 May 1946. She was struck from the Naval Register at an unknown date and sold in October 1946 to LSS Marine Co., Camp Hill, PA.


By Dennis Harvey USS LSM-170

"My name is Dennis Harvey and I served on the 170 from the time it was commissioned until I was discharged the 13 April 1945. A couple of things I disagree with in Bob Frazier's write up of the 170.

It was Marines we took into Nagasaki and unloaded the 28 of September1945. We came back to Okinawa and was loaded with Army personal when the typhoon hit the evening of 9 Oct 1945 and we lost both anchors and were beached on the small island of Yanbaru, in Buckner Bay. We unloaded the Army and there equipment there and then on the morning of 20 Oct the highest tide of the year came in and with stern anchor that had the cable run out to a pulley tide to the reef and back to the ship and the use of the main engines we came off the beach and refloated, but then we went bouncing over the reefs back into the bay. Here we set for two weeks waiting for the Navy to inspect the bottom of the ship to see what they would do with us. After the inspection they said we were to sail for the states with no load. We arrived in San Diego the morning of Dec 31, 1945. We went back through the Panama Canal and on to New Orleans and then to Lake Charles, LA. and that is where I left the ship on 8 Apr 1945 to be discharged.

I have enjoyed looking at the navsource and the things I have found there, This is my thoughts on some of the items I have read. I did look up the Marines data and it states they were put ashore in Nagasaki on the 28 Sept 1945. I thank you for you efforts you do in this area. I glad to find others like the Walter Valtentini and the grandson of Ed Lozanski for there in put and yes he was a good cook and we called him Ski. And if anyone wants to contact me my e-mail is Thanks again"

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