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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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 13 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-132, 22 May 1944, LTjg. John F. Torley USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-132 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One (flagship), LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group Three, LCDR. A. K. Ridgway, USNR;
    LSM Division Five
  • Following World War II USS LSM-132 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    12 to 13 September 1945
    16 to 27 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 August 1947, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 November 1948, to L. Chenman, Norfolk, VA., 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-132 88k USS LSM-132 unloading a road grader at Tsurimi, Japan, September 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-132 57k USS LSM-132 moored in a nest of LSMs, date and location unknown. Newt C. Bruce to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-132 133k Stern view of USS LSM-132 moored in a nest of LSMs, date and location unknown. Don McClain to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-180 63k USS LSM-132 and USS LSM-180 beached at Legaspi, southern Luzon, P.I., 27-28 September 1945. Legaspi was almost totally destroyed by the Japanese, circa 1945. Newt C. Bruce to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-132 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Torley, John Frederic, USNR22 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Barber, John B., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Lorenc, Edwin J., USNRMarch 1946 - April 1946
    04LT. Rhett, Francis Prettyman, USN (USNA 1944)April 1946 - 15 June 1946
    05ENS. McMahon, James J., USNR15 June 1946 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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