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USS LSM(R)-196

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa, 1 April 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Personnel Awards

1 KIA, GM1 Joe Staum), 6 WIA, 1 April 1945
LSM(R)-188 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 13 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-196, 8 December 1944, LT. Dennis D. O'Callaghan USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM(R)-196 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine (flagship), CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Seven, LCDR. J. H. Fulweiler USNR;
    LSM Division Fifty-Four and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 18 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS LSM(R)-196 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 11 September 1947, to A.G. Schoonmaker Co., New York, N.Y.
  • Final Disposition, 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-196 84k USS LSM(R)-196 underway for acceptance trials, off Charleston, S.C., 15 December 1944.
    a US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LSMR-196 65k USS LSM(R)-196 underway during acceptance trials off Charleston, S.C., 15 December 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 59k USS LSM(R)-196 underway during acceptance trials off Charleston, S.C., 15 December 1944. Bow View.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 3632-44
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 80k USS LSM(R)-196 underway passing an unidentified LSM port to port off Charleston, S.C., 15 December 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 92k USS LSM(R)-196 underway off Charleston, 16 December 1944. LSM(R)-196 had a simplified battery of 85 gravity-fed Mk 51 rocket launchers firing spin-stabilized rockets with a maximum range of 10,000 yds. The launch rail could elevate between 30 and 45 degrees. each launcher could accommodate 12 rockets.
    Photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    LSMR-196 85k USS LSM(R)-196 crew members Joe Clapaftisi S1/c, at left, (note the "regulation" shoes) and Patrick Curtain RM3/c at right, loading rockets at Aka Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 31 March 1945.
    US Navy photo # 313661 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 73k USS LSM(R)-196 LSM(R)-198 and USS LSM(R)-199 firing rockets off Tokishi Shima, March 1945
    US Navy photo # N-26605.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 92k USS LSM(R)-196, USS LSM(R)-188 and USS LSM(R)-189's rockets set fires on Tokishi Shima, March 1945
    US Navy BuAer photo # 311757.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 67k USS LSM(R)-196 firing rockets off Tokishi Shima, March 1945
    US Navy photo # USN 474951.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196 50k USS LSM(R)-196 firing rockets during the Okinawa campaign, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196/LSMR-198 15k USS LSM(R)-196 and LSM(R)-198 firing rockets at night, date and location unknown. Paul Burket LSM-341
    LSMR-196 152k USS LSM(R)-196 crew members Bradly, Talboys and GM1 Staum prepare a rocket for firing, date and location unknown. GM1 Staum was killed by a shore battery attack on the ship, 1 April 1945.(See attached unofficial diary log of Lester Goff) He was probably buried at sea the next day according to Lester Goff. Lester Goff for his grandfather Lester Goff, LSM(R)-186
    LSMR-196 24k USS LSM(R)-196 underway, date and location unknown. Paul Burket LSM-341
    LSMR-196/198/199 103k Seven LSM(R)s comprising Groups 53 and 54 arriving home at the Port of Los Angeles, 8 October 1945, after the conclusion of World War II. Identifiable in this photo in the second row of ships are, from outboard to inboard, USS LSM(R)-199, USS LSM(R)-188 and USS LSM(R)-196. A Los Angeles Herald Express photo. Jana Teehan

    The history extract for USS LSM(R)-196 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. O'Callaghan, Dennis D., USNR8 December 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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