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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, 31 May 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 3 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-266, 29 July 1944, LTjg. Walter H. Rutledge USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-266 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 November to 1 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LSM-266 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 November 1947, to Hugo Bros.Inc., New York, N.Y., fate unknown
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    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-266 77k USS LSM-266 off the port bow of USS Texas (BB-35) during the landings at Iwo Jima, February 1945. Photo was taken from USS 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 USS 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 USS 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 USS LSM-266 and LSM-261 beached at Iwo Jima, 15 February 1945. James Tusing
    LSM-266 70k USS LSM-266 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79861, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-266 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Rutledge, Walter H., USNR29 July 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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