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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) - 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, 16 March 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 19 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-136, 30 May 1944, LT. John C Stange USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-136 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte, landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945

  • For the Okinawa Campaign USS LSM-136 was assigned to:
    LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Eight, LCDR. J. G. Blanche USN (25);
    LSM Division Sixteen
  • Following World War II USS LSM-136 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 3 October 1945
    18 October to 4 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LSM-136 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, November 1946, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
    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-136 431k USS LSM-136 sponsor plaque now on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Photo courtesy Ms. Marifrances Trivelli, Museum Director. Ron MacKay, Jr., Historian, USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-136 74k USS LSM-136 launching at point of pivot, US Navy Yard, Charleston, S. C., 19 April 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 855-44.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-136/57/31 145k USS LSM-136, USS LSM-57 and USS LSM-31 probably approaching the beach at Okinawa, circa 1 April to 17 June 1945 Hyperwar US Navy in World War II

    The history extract for USS LSM-136 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stange, John C., USNR30 May 1944 - October 1945
    02LT. Hamilton, Kenneth M., USNROctober 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Bauer, Warren A., USNRMarch 1946 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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