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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 USS LSM-32 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    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, 28 December 1945 at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • USS LSM-32 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • 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
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    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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    LSM-32 74k USS LSM-32 depicted under way 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
    LSM-32 94k USS LSM-32 and LCI(L)-992 entering ABSD-6 at Guam, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-32 64k 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
    LSM-32 35k
    LSM-32 62k ex USS LSM-32, after almost 50 years of use her side number is still visible, March 2003. Photo by Ron Gray, Captain

    The 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Youngblood, Robert B., USNR8 July 1944 - 28 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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