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USS LSM-186


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Hotel
NVOH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 5 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-186, 25 October 1944, LT. Henry O. Bergkamp USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-186 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis, USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Five (flagship), LCDR. L. Brouwer, USN;
    LSM Division Fifty and participated in the following campaign:
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 March 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • USS LSM-186 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    one twin bow mounted 40mm gun
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-186 686k USS LSM-186, USS LSM-180, USS LSM-90 and LSM-144 beached at Laoag, northern Luzon, Island, Philippine Islands, 25 to 28 July 1945. Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-186 208k USS LSM-186 beached at Laoag, northern Luzon, Island, Philippine Islands, July 1945. Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-186 146k USS LSM-186 unloading collected powder cans to an LST, probably off Okinawa, which will return them to US for refills. Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-186 469k FRom USS LSM-186 Frank Mazur, left- Ens. Kenneth Roberts, center, Gary Lefkowitz, right examine a suicide boat destroyed on Zamami Shima, Karama Retto, Okinawa Gunto June 1945. The boat was located double row of pine trees. Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-186 57k USS LSM-186 underway in San Francisco Bay returning home after conclusion of the war in 1946.
    US Navy photo.
    Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-186 55k USS LSM-186 underway in San Francisco Bay returning home after conclusion of the war in 1946.
    US Navy photo.
    Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-31 67k USS LSM-31, USS LSM-187, LSM-186 and LSM-222 in a nest moored to a buoy, at San Diego in early 1946. Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co., Norfolk, VA. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-186 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
    LSM-LSMR Association
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