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USS LSM(R)-198

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - November
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, 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:
    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 17 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 January 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM(R)-198 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 February 1948, to National Metal & Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA.
    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-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 history extract for USS LSM(R)-198 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Timmerman Jr., George B., USNR12 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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