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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 March 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC, 14 May 1944
  • Launched 23 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-134, 31 May 1944, at Little Creek, VA., LT. Robert B Stenharter USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-134 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    At Okinawa LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Eight, LCDR. J. G. Blanche USN (25);
    LSM Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto and Ie Shima, 26 March to 17 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-134 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 September to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LSM-134 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 18 September 1947, to Alexander Shipyard Inc., New Orleans, LA.
  • Resold and, converted to a barge, named Abco Tampa
  • Final Disposition, 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
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LSM-134 389k USS LSM-134 crew photo, Naval Amphibious Base LIttle Creek, VA., circa May-June 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Earl Johnson, USS LSM-134 Quartermaster
    LSM-134 122k USS LSM-134, October 1944, enroute to the invasion of the Philippines.
    US Navy photo
    Earl Johnson, USS LSM-134 Quartermaster
    LSM-256 115k Aerial view of Little Creek Amphibious Base, 1 August 1944. Ships present include; USS LSM-134 USS LSM-201, USS LSM-2, USS LSM-127, USS LSM-203, USS LSM-16, USS LSM-126, USS LSM-256 and USS LSM-144. The two LSTs are unidentified.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-134 92k USS LSM-134 flanked by USS LSM-220 and USS LSM-24 off her starboard side and LSM-15 off her port side, on the invasion beaches at Okinawa, circa early-August 1945.
    US Navy photo
    John Finch USS LSM-26
    Courtesy Jim Tusing USS LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-137 316k USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the Americal division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are; USS LSM-256, USS LSM-107, USS LSM-177, USS LSM-212, USS LSM-83, USS LSM-82, USS LSM-134, USS LSM-4, and USS LSM-17, Photo was taken from USS LSM-186 Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186

    The history extract for USS LSM-134 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stenharter, Robert B. USNR31 May 1944 - 29 June 1944
    02LT. McAdams Jr., Frank J., USNR29 June 1944 - 21 October 1944
    03ENS. Brody, Donald S. USNR21 October 1944 - 4 October 1945
    04ENS. MacLean, David C.4 October 1945 - 28 November 1945
    05LTjg. Hebb Jr., George S.28 November 1945 - 19 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LSM-134
    Cruise Record (Itinerary)
    Letter to the Editor, of "Alligator Alley," and extract from a letter by Earl Johnson USS LSM-134 describing a Kamikaze attack at Okinawa
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