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Lost to enemy action, 4 May 1945

USS LSM(R)-194


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


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 4 May 1945 Okinawa) - 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, 29 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-194, 21 November 1944, LTjg. Allen M. Hirshberg, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM(R)-194 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 4 May 1945
  • Final Disposition, hit and sunk by a Japanese kamikaze plane, 4 May 1945, off Okinawa while on radar picket duty
  • Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, dates unknown
  • USS LSM(R)-194 received the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions off Okinawa and earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 983 t.(attack) 1,175 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" ovl.
    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 guns, three 20mm guns, seventy-five 4-rail MK36 rocket launchers, 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-194 59k USS LSM(R)-194 launching, 7 October 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 78k USS LSM(R)-194, port broadside view, passing under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, S.C., 2 December 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo 3515-44.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 62k USS LSM(R)-194, port broadside view, passing under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, S.C., 2 December 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo 3520-44.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 99k Overhead view of USS LSM(R)-194 underway off Charleston Navy Yard, 2 December 1944 on the Cooper River, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LSMR-194 88k USS LSM(R)-194 mast and conning tower view, 2 December 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 63k USS LSM(R)-194 off the beachhead at Okinawa with another LSM(R)-188 class LSM(R) and two LSTs USS LST-871 and USS LST-953, 26 March to 4 May 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 64k USS LSM(R)-194 in the distance with an unidentified LCI(R) in the foreground firing into caves on the beach at Zamai Shima, 1 April 1945.
    IS Navy photo N-26570A
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 85k USS LSM(R)-194 underway off Okinawa, circa 26 March to 4 May 1945.
    National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LSMR-194 106k USS LSM(R)-194 firing her rockets off Okinawa, 26 March to 4 May 1945.
    National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LSMR-194 93k USS LSM(R)-194 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-194 62k USS LSM(R)-194 underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    LSMR-194 42k USS LSM(R)-194 underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    LSMR-194 56k USS LSM(R)-194 underway, date and location unknown. Note single 5"/38 cal. gun mount aft. Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM(R)-194 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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