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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 14 May 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
Launched, 6 June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-32, 8 July 1944, LT. Robert B. Youngblood USNR, in command
During World War II LSM-32 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (29);
LSM Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:
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Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto and Ie Shima, 1 April to 7 May 1945
Decommissioned, 29 December 1945 at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Sold, 11 February 1948, to Charles Weaver & Co., Detroit, MI., for conversion to a barge, Official Number (259793); sold to Tidewater Barge Lines, Vancouver, WA., renamed Onondaga, used to transport wheat, currently in use as a tie-off barge
USS LSM-32 earned two battle stars for World War II service
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
landing, 5' 3"
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
six single 20mm gun mounts
Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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.
two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers 2,800shp
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||USS LSM-32 depicted underway in a photo of a painting by George Thompson LSM-32. Includes Specifications and Ports of Call.
||George Thompson LSM-32
Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
||USS LSM-32 and LCI(L)-992 entering ABSD-6 at Guam, date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||ex USS LSM-32 now in use by Tidewater Barge Lines as a tie off barge on the Columbia River, February 2003.
||Photo by Ron Gray, Captain
||ex USS LSM-32, after almost 50 years of use her side number is still visible, March 2003.
||Photo by Ron Gray, Captain
The DANFS history extract for LSM-32 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
Last Updated 12 July 2013
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