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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Lost to enemy action, 4 May 1945 at Okinawa
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:
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
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 4 May 1945
Displacement 758 t.(light), 983 t. (attack) 1,175 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" oa
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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||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
||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
||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
Last Updated 14 January 2011
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