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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 - 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 (date unknown) 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 LSM-432 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-432 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China Service
  • 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"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts, (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament twin bow mounted 40mms with a MK51 gun director, four single 20mm deck mounted, and seven .50 cal deck mounted machine guns
    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
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720 RPM, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12 kts.(928 tons displacement)
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    LSM-432 44k LSM-432 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 5 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 50k LSM-432 underway in Chinese waters, date and place unknown. Robert Bennett to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 89k LSM-432, LSM-457 and LSM-433 moored pierside at Tientsin, China, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 80k LSM-432 underway in San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-115 68k LSM-432 moored inboard of LSM-115 along with an unidentified destroyer moored pierside at southside pier one, Tsingtao, China, date unknown. Robert Morris, CO USS LSM-115

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-432 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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