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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, Iwo Jima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 18 April 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
Launched, 26 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-260, 21 June 1944, LTjg. Robert J. Grier, II, USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-260 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 9 April 1947, to Patton-Tully Transportation Co., Memphis, TN.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LSM-260 earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" o.a.
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 Capacity 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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||USS LSM-260 underway in 1944, location unknown.
||Frank C. Watson USS LSM-260 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-260 moored/beached on a ramp, date and location unknown.
||Bill Kneebone to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-260, unloading during the invasion of Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945.
US Navy photo
|Scott at LBS Products
||USS LSM-260 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-260 and USS LST-790 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-260 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Recollections of Wallace Horton
Last Updated 11 March 2011
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