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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 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
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 983 t. (attack) 1,175 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    Beam 34'
    Draft light, 5' 4" (est. mean); attack, 5' 8" (est. mean); fully loaded, 7' 9" (est. mean)
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.)
    Complement 5 officers, 76 enlisted
    Armor 10-STS on conning tower, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control. 10-lb, ASPP around 40 and 20mm mounts and directors
    Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm AA guns, three 20mm AA guns. seventy-five 4-rail MK36, thirty 6-rail MK 30 rocket launchers
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws; Endurance, 3,000miles @ 12kts. (est.)

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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 USS LSM(R)-190 firing rockets, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM(R)-190 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    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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