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USS LSM(R)-193

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
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, 7 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 4 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-193, 21 November 1944, LT. Donald E. Boynton USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM(R)-193 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Seven, LCDR. J. H. Fulweiler USNR;
    LSM Division Fifty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 3 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • USS LSM(R)-193 earned the Presidential Unit Citation and one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 January 1948, to R.J. MacCallum, Compton, CA., 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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    LSM(R)-193 95k USS LSM(R)-193 underway, date and location unknown. She displays her rocket launchers. Outboard are six Mk 30 rocket launchers (rockets were loaded above and below each of three rails). They swung inboard for loading, outboard for firing, and could be elevated manually at 5 degree intervals. At 17 degree elevation the 5" finned rocket had a range of 5,550 yds, Mk 36 inboard, consisted of four modified aircraft rocket launchers (Mk 4) at a fixed 45 degree angle of elevation. It also fired the 5" finned aircraft rocket.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM(R)-193 68k USS LSM(R)-193 underway, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM(R)-193 77k USS LSM(R)-193 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM(R)-193 177k USS LSM(R)-193 protecting USS Hugh W. Hadley DD-774 at Radar Picket Station 15 off Okinawa on 11 May 1945. Hugh Hudson RM2/c, USS LSM-467, USS LSM-49, Courtesy LTjg. Doug G. Aitken, USS Hadley (DD-774)
    LSM(R)-193 48k USS LSM(R)-193 picking up the survivors of the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774 ), 11 May 1945. LSMR-193 had earlier received Hadley's wounded. Other ships involved in the rescue were USS LCS(L)-83, USS Wadsworth (DD-516), USS Barber (APD-57), USS Tawakoni (ATF-114), and USS Deliver (ARS-23). Location of the kamikazes was Radar Picket #15, northwest of Okinawa and 35 miles from Point Bolo. Hugh Hudson RM2/c, LSM-467, LSM-49, Courtesy LTjg. Doug G. Aitken, USS Hadley (DD-774)

    The history extract for USS LSM(R)-193 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Boynton, Donald E., USNR21 November 1944 - ?

    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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