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  USS LSM(R)-195

968 Tons
203' 6" x 5'6" x 5' 9"
1 x 5" gun
2 x 40mm guns
3 x 20mm AA guns
75 x Mark36 rockets
30 x Mark30 rockets
(removed April 45)
Ship History
Built by the Charleston Navy Yard in Charleston, S.C. Commissioned on November 21 1944 as USS LSM(R)-195 with Lt.(j.g.) William E. Woodson, USNR in command.

Wartime History
Assigned to support the invasion of Kerama Retto, 15 miles west of Okinawa, the first use of the rocket LSM(R) class vessel. Supporting landing was the northern support group including: USS LSM(R)-194, USS LSM(R)-195, USS LSM(R)-196, USS LSM(R)-197, USS LSM(R)-198, and USS LSM(R)-199.

Sinking History
At dusk on May 3, 1945 vessels at picket station 10 were attacked by kamikazie aircraft shortly before dusk. USS Aaron Ward (DM-34) was hit by six kamikazes, suffering 45 killed or missing and 49 wounded. The ship survived, but was later decommissioned because it wasn't worth repairing. About the same time, approximately 20 planes attacked destroyer USS Little (DD-803) was hit by four and sank within 12 minutes of the first hit with 30 dead or missing and 79 wounded.

While rushing to the aid of USS Aaron Ward and USS Little, LSM(R)-195 was also hit by a kamikaze. The impact exploded her rockets and knocked out the fire main and auxiliary pumps. LSM(R) 195 had to be abandoned and was ripped apart by heavy explosions while it sank.

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Last Updated
October 8, 2018


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