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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, 26 April 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
Launched, 3 June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-261, 28 June 1944, LT. Angelo J. Smith, Jr. USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-261 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
LSM Group Thirteen, LCDR. T. F. Griswold USNR;
LSM Division Twenty-Six and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 28 May 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
USS LSM-261 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 17 February 1948, to Clark Sales Co., Pittsburgh, PA., fate unknown
|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" (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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||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 history extract for USS LSM-261 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Smith Jr., Angelo J., USNR||28 June 1944 - ?|
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