Some of Paul Smith’s military experience:

LSM-134, October 1944, enroute to the invasion of the Philippines.
US Navy photo

Aerial view of Little Creek Amphibious Base, Ships that can be identified are LSM-256, LSM-201, LSM-2, LSM-127, LSM-203, LSM-16, LSM-126, LSM-134 and LSM-144. The two LSTs are unidentified, date unknown.
US Navy photo.

LSM-134 flanked by LSM-220 and 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