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USS LSM(R)-197

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)
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, 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • USS LSM(R)-197 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 3 February 1948, to Robert W. Erbacher, Cape Giradeau, MO., 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-197 74k 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
    LSM(R)-197 95k USS LSM(R)-197 underway and firing rockets, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-198 120k USS LSM(R)-197 inboard of USS LSM(R)-198 underway along with another LSMR, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-189/197 62k 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.
    LSMR-197/189 88k 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. Jana Teehan

    The 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).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cooper, John M. USN8 December 1944 - ?
    02LT. Bergkmap, H. O. USNRMay 1945

    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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