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Lost to enemy action, 4 May 1945 at Okinawa

USS LSM(R)-190

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 4 May 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LSM(R)-188 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 27 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 21 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-190, 23 November 1944, LT. Richard H. Saunders USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM(R)-190 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. Dennis L. Francis USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 4 May 1945
  • Final Disposition, hit and sunk by Japanese Kamikaze plane off Okinawa, 4 May 1945, while on radar picket duty
  • Struck from the Naval Register, dates unknown
  • USS LSM(R)-190 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions off Okinawa and one battle star for World War II service
    light 758 t.
    attack 983
    fully loaded 1,175 t.
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 5' 4" (est. mean)
    attack, 5' 8" (est. mean)
    fully loaded, 7' 9" (est. mean)
    Officers 5 Enlisted 76
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    seventy-five 4-rail MK36 rocket launchers
    thirty 6-rail MK 30 rocket launchers
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSMR-196 73k USS LSM(R)-196, USS LSM(R)-190 and USS LSM(R)-199 firing rockets off Tokishi Shima, March 1945
    US Navy photo # N-26605.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-190/188 101k USS LSM(R)-190 and LSM(R)-188 firing rockets off shore of Takashima, Ryukyus, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # BuAer 311761.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-190 63k 5-inch fin stabilized rockets being launched from the USS LSM(R)-190. Armament visible is an enclosed 5/38 gun, two quad 40mm; one forward of the bridge and one at the extreme bow. The 40mm mounts have pipe guards to keep the guns from firing on the ship.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 304907
    (101419002) - USS LSM / LSMR Association and
    (101419003) - Mike Green
    Australian War Memorial Photo No. 304907

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM(R)-190 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Saunders, Richard H., USNR23 November 1944 - 4 May 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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