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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
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)-197, 8 December 1944, LT. John M. Cooper, USN, in command
During WWII USS LSM(R)-197 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-Four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 18 June 1945
Decommissioned, 13 February 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 3 February 1948, to Robert W. Erbacher, Cape Giradeau, MO., fate unknown
USS LSM(R)-197 earned one battle star for World War II service
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.)
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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||USS LSM(R)-197 firing rockets at Okinawa, sometime between 26 March and 18 June 1945.
US Navy photo.
|Contributed in the name of Purl Allan Ferrier, S1c, SV-6 USNR, USS LSM-87 by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
||USS LSM(R)-197 underway and firing rockets, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM(R)-197 inboard of USS LSM(R)-198 underway along with another LSMR, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM(R)-189 and USS LSM(R)-197, two of the 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.
||Photo by LTtjg. Laurie R. Russell, USNR, Gunnery Officer, USS LSM(R) 191.
||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 are USS LSM(R)-197 and USS LSM(R)-189. A "Los Angeles Times" photo, dated 9 October 1945.
The DANFS history extract for USS LSM(R)-197 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Cooper, John M. USN||8 December 1944 - ?|
|02||LT. Bergkmap, H. O. USNR||May 1945|
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
Last Updated 21 February 2014
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