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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 12 April 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-131, 20 May 1944, LT. Harold L. Rekate, USNR, in command
During World War II LSM-131 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold, 21 November 1947, to Hughes Bros. Inc., New York, NY, converted to a barge, fate unknown
LSM-131 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Consolidation of the southern Philippines;
(a) Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
(b) Visayan Island landings, 18 to 19 March 1945, 26 March to 1 April 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" oa
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 Capacity 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-131 underway near Mindanao while hauling army personnel and supplies, date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-131 beached on a ramp at Morotai, date unknown.
||Harry Weliner to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-131 in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Navy photo # NH 79856 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
|Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-131 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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