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Lost to enemy action, 3 May 1945

USS LSM(R)-195

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 3 May 1945, 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, 29 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-195, 21 November 1944, LTjg. William E. Woodson, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM(R)-195 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 3 May 1945
  • Final Disposition, hit and sunk by a Japanese kamikaze plane, 3 May 1945, off Okinawa while on radar picket duty
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM(R)-195 received one battle star for World War II service
    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-195 54k USS LSM(R)-195 launching, 7 October 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM(R)-195 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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