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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Papa
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa)
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)-191, 21 November 1944, LTjg. John W. Loyer, USNR, in command
During WWII USS LSM(R)-191 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
LSM Group Twenty-Seven (flagship), 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
Decommissioned, 12 February 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold 20 January 1948, to R.J. MacCallum, Compton, CA. and converted to a barge, fate unknown
USS LSM(R)-191 earned 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' 6"
light, 5' 4" (est. mean)
attack, 5' 8" (est. mean)
fully loaded, 7' 9" (est. mean)
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.)
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
one single 5"/38 cal 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
two General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines, (non-reversible with airflex clutch), direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers, 2,800shp
Endurance, 3,000miles @ 12kts. (est.)
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||USS LSM(R)-191 at anchor and nested with an LSM, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association courtesy L.R. Russell
The DANFS history extract for LSM(R)-191 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 21 February 2014
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