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Lignite (IX-162)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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

Trefoil Class non-self propelled Storage Barge:
  • Laid down, 8 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 1336) at Barrett & Hilp, Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched , 26 February 1944
  • Converted for use as an Army and Marine Corps stores barge by Barrett & Hilp
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in service at San Francisco as Lignite (IX-162) 26 September 1944
  • During World War II Lignite 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, 10 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II Lignite was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    26 October 1945 to 22 April 194626 October 1945 to 22 April 1946

  • Placed out of service, 6 August 1946 at Subic Bay in the Philippines
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 7 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Lignite earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, while under tow ex Lignite broke away during a typhoon and went aground on the fringing reef off Eli Malk in the Palau Islands (7° 06' 43.65"N and 134° 24' 13.42"E)
    Displacement 5,678 t.(lt) 10,960 t.(fl)
    Length 366' 4"
    Beam 54'
    Draft 26'
    Complement 52
    Cargo Capacity 3,000 DWT
    non-refrigerated 292,000 Cu ft
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 610 Bbls
    four Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators

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    Lignite 931k History of ex-Lignite(IX-162) after completing Naval Service and an image of the after portion of the barge grounded on the fringe reef at Eli Malk, Palau Islands, date unknown.
    ©WWII Wrecks of Palau pg 202, by Dan Bailey
    Phil Orr
    Lignite 807k

    Lignite (IX-162)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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