LSM(R) 188

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    LSM(R)-188 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket)
    Laid down August 18 1944 - Launched September 12 1944

  1. USS LSM(R)-188
    Commissioned November 15 1944
    Damaged (Kamikaze) March 29 1945, off Okinawa
    Repaired and converted to Ammunition Carrier
    Decommissioned June 23 1946

    Struck from Naval Register (date unknown)
    Sold February 17 1948 to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA for scrap

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1945)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Other Information

LSM(R)-188 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions off Okinawa and one battle star for World War II service
* Okinawa Gunto operation Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto March 26 to June 3 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive March 29 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards...
Purple Heart (17-KIA off Okinawa March 29 1945)



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