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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 18 December 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 5 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-432, 28 February 1945, LT. Donald W. Alexander USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-432 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-One (flagship);
    LSM Division Eighty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LSM-432 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 September to 21 December 194511 September to 21 December 1945

  • USS LSM-432 ran aground, 11 January 1947, off the east coast of Babuyan Island, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, abandoned, August 1947
    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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-432 44k LSM-432 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 5 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 80k USS LSM-432 under way in San Diego Bay in 1945.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 50k USS LSM-432 under way in Chinese waters in 1945. Robert Bennett to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 150k USS LSM-432 moored alongside of another LSM at Tientsin, China, 1945 Steve Franklin
    LSM-432 89k USS LSM-432, USS LSM-457 and LSM-433 nested at Tientsin, China, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-115 68k USS LSM-432 moored inboard of USS LSM-115 along with an unidentified destroyer moored pierside at southside pier one, Tsingtao, China in 1945. Robert Morris, CO USS LSM-115

    The history extract for USS LSM-432 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Alexander, Donald W., USNR28 February 1945 - ?

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