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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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
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:
|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)
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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||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
||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.
||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.
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).
|01||LT. Stewart, James Malcom, USNR||15 November 1944 - 27 August 1945|
|02||LTjg. Adams, William E., USNR||27 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
Last Updated 5 January 2018
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