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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

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:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Seven, LCDR. J. H. Fulweiler USNR;
    LSM Division Fifty-Three 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
  • USS LSM(R)-189 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions off Okinawa and one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 February 1948, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
    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 LTjg. 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 history extract for 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 - 27 August 1945
    02LTjg. Adams, William E., USNR27 August 1945 - 31 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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