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USS LSM(R)-198


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - November
NVAN
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, 6 September 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-198, 12 December 1944, LT. George B. Timmerman Jr., USNR, in command
  • During WWII LSM(R)-198 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 17 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 January 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 February 1948, to National Metal & Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA.
  • USS LSM(R)-198 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 983 t. (attack) 1,175 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 AA guns, three 20mm AA guns and eighty-five MK 51 automatic 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-198 69k USS LSM(R)-198 along with LSM(R)-197 and other LSMRs firing rockets at either Okinawa or Kerama Rhetto in April 1945. George W. Addison Jr. XO, USS LSM(R)-198
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing USS LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSMR-198 33k USS LSM(R)-198 underway, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSMR-198 120k USS LSM(R)-198 with USS LSM(R)-197 and other LSMRs underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-198 56k USS LSM(R)-198 amongst the big guns. That's her passing inboard of the battleship! USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-196/LSMR-198 15k USS LSM(R)-198 along with USS LSM(R)-196 and other LSMRs firing rockets at either Okinawa or Kerama Rhetto in April 1945. Paul Burket USS LSM-341
    LSMR-196/198/199 128k USS LSM(R)-196, USS LSM(R)-198, USS LSM(R)199 firing rockets at Okinawa, 1945
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LSMR-192 52k USS LSM(R)-198 at anchor, nested with USS LSM(R)-199 and USS LSM(R)-192, date and location unknown. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing USS LSM-372
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSMR-198 86k The sad fate of Ex-USS LSM(R)-198 and other LSM types as they await there turn to be dismantled and scrapped in the breaker yard after the war. Ex-USS LSM(R)-198 is at the far end of the line of ships being dismantled at the National Metal & Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA., circa 1948. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM(R)-198 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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