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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-266, 29 July 1944, LTjg. Walter H. Putledge, USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-266 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 November 1947, to Hugo Bros.Inc., New York, N.Y., fate unknown
  • LSM-266 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Accommodations 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-266 77k LSM-266 off the port bow of Texas (BB-35) during the landings at Iwo Jima, February 1945. Photo was taken from Nevada (BB-36).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-303866 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-266 82k LSM-266 beached on Green Beach at Iwo Jima, February 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-318047 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-266 132k LSM-266 beached at the base of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945. Japanese snipers on Mount Surbachi had wounded drivers of the equipment disembarking.
    US Marine Corps photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-261 57k LSM-266 and LSM-261 beached at Iwo Jima, 15 February 1945. James Tusing
    LSM-266 70k LSM-266 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 79861 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-266 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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