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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 (date unknown) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-261, 28 June 1944, LT. Angelo J. Smith, Jr., USNR in command
During WWII LSM-261 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the
Decommissioned, 28 May 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold, 17 February 1948, to Clark Sales Co., Pittsburgh, PA., fate unknown
LSM-261 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Iwo Jima operation;
(a) 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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||LSM-261 approaching a beach during landing exercises, date and place unknown.
||Marty Petersen to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-261 and LSM-266 beached at Iwo Jima, 15 February 1945.
The DANFS history extract for LSM-261 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 15 December 2006
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