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USS LSM(R)-191

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Romeo

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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • USS LSM(R)-191 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold 20 January 1948, to R.J. MacCallum, Compton, CA. and converted to a barge, fate unknown
    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.)
    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
    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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    LSMR-191 68k USS LSM(R)-191 at anchor and nested with an LSM, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association courtesy L.R. Russell
    127k USS LSM(R)-191 firing rockects, 26 March 1945, at Zamami Village, Aka-Jima, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan.
    Frames from a short film tittled "Invasion of Aka Jamia--Rocket Fire, Landings".
    U.S National Archives and Records Administration Identifier 78137; Local Identifier 428-NPC-7538; NAIL Control Number NWDNM(m)-428-NPC
    David Upton

    The history extract for USS LSM(R)-191 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Loyer, John W., USNR21 November 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    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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