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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, 26 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-264, 10 July 1944, LT. Frederick M. Parrish Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-264 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
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-264 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 June 1947, to American Barge Co., Cincinnati, OH., 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-264 93k USS LSM-264 and USS LSM-266 at the Iwo Jima beachhead on D-Day, 19 February 1945. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264 86k USS LSM-264 beached at Iwo Jima, February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    235k USS LSM-264 beached on Green Beach, Iwo Jima, D plus 11, 2 March 1945.
    US Navy photo COMBPHIBGTP 2 by Navy photographer Wallace Page
    Dave Way, Historian / Artifact Collections,
    Pacific Battleship Center |
    National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA
    LSM-264 76k USS LSM-264 beached on Red Beach at Iwo Jima, February 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-318634, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264 88k From top to bottom USS LST-808, USS LST-788, USS LST-760, USS LST-724 and USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 24 February 1945. Note that the ships keep their propellers turning over to hold themselves in position. In the water are a DUKW and an LCPR; in the surf and on the beach are LVT's, DUKW's, trucks, bulldozers, and a crawler crane. Trucks at the right are towing 105mm howitzers inland from USS LST-724.
    US Navy photo # S-193-1.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264 154k From top to bottom USS LST-779, USS LST-808, USS LST-788, USS LST-760, USS LST-724 and USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 25 February 1945.
    US Navy photo # S-193-A2.
    Robert O. Baumrucker, 1978 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264/201 56k USS LSM-141, USS LSM-201 and USS LSM-264 beached at Iwo Jima, February 1945. Paul Burket LSM-341 and
    John Finch LSM-26
    Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-264 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Parrish Jr., Frederick M., USNR10 July 1944 - 12 December 1945
    02LTjg. Clamage, Stanford A., USNR12 December 1945 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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