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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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
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 USS LSM-131 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-131 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 21 November 1947, to Hughes Bros. Inc., New York, NY, converted to a barge, fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
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" (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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||USS LSM-131 under way near Mindanao while carrying army personnel and supplies, date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-131 beached on a ramp at Morotai, date unknown.
||Harry Weliner to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-131 in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79856. Courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
|Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-131 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Rekate, Harold Louis, USNR||20 May 1944 - 8 August 1945|
|02||LT. Wyman, Frank W., USNR||8 August 1945 - 15 January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Bonney, Warren R., USNR||15 January 1946 - 19 June 1946
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 22 June 2018
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