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Lost to enemy action, 3 May 1945

USS LSM(R)-195


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - Hotel
NVAH
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, LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. Dennis L. Francis USN, 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 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    light 758 t.
    attack 983
    fully loaded 1,175 t.
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 5' 4" (est. mean)
    attack, 5' 8" (est. mean)
    fully loaded, 7' 9" (est. mean)
    Complement
    Officers 5 Enlisted 76
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 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
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSMR-195 54k LSM(R)-195 launching, 7 October 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The 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).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Woodson, William 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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