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USS LSM(R)-189

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 12 April 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Silver Star (LT. James M. Stewart CO LSM(R)-189, Okinawa) - Purple Heart (2 WIA, 12 April 1945)
LSM(R)-188 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 17 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-189, 15 November 1944, LT. James M. Stewart, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM(R)-189 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 3 June 1945

  • Damaged when struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane, 12 April 1945 while on radar picket duty off Okinawa
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 February 1948, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
  • USS LSM(R)-189 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions off Okinawa and one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 758 t. (light), 783 t.(attack) 961 t. (fl)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft 6' 6" (lim)
    Speed 13.1 kts. (trial)
    5 officers
    76 enlisted
    10-STS on conning tower, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control
    10-lb, ASPP around 40 and 20mm mounts and directors
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four 4.2 mortars
    seventy-five 4-rail MK36, thirty 6-rail MK 30 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Endurance 3,000 miles @ 12kts. (est.)
    two General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 29Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSMR-196 92k Rockets from USS LSM(R)-196, USS LSM(R)-188 and USS LSM(R)-189 set fires on Tokishi Shima, March 1945
    US Navy BuAer photo # 311757.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-189/197 62k USS LSM(R)-189 and LSM(R)-197, two of the seven LSM(R)s comprising Groups 53 and 54 arriving home at the Port of Los Angeles, 8 October 1945, after the conclusion of World War II. Photo by LTtjg. Laurie R. Russell, USNR, Gunnery Officer, USS LSM(R) 191.
    LSMR-197/189 88k Seven LSM(R)s comprising Groups 53 and 54 arriving home at the Port of Los Angeles, 8 October 1945, after the conclusion of World War II. Identifiable in this photo are LSM(R)-197 and LSM(R)-189. A "Los Angeles Times" photo, dated 9 October 1945. Jana Teehan

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM(R)-189 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stewart, James Malcom, USNR15 November 1944 - ?

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LSMR 188 - 199
    C.T.G. 52.21 (LSM Flotilla Nine)'s Action Report IE SHIMA and Southeastern OKINAWA, 2 April through 20 April 1945
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