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November - Victor - Bravo - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) [Leyte, P.I., 23 October 1944] - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (1-KIA Leyte, P.I., 23 October 1944)

USS LSM-19 was transferred to South Korea and named ROKS Ki Rin (LSM-610)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 14 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-19, 15 June 1944, LT. Edward L. McComb USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-19 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landing, 20 October to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings,
    10 March 1945, 17 to 23 April 1945, and 10 to 16 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 16 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan Operations, 26 June to 6 July 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Transferred to South Korea, on loan, 3 July 1956
  • Transferred, cash sale, under the terms of the Security Assistance Program, to South Korea, 15 November 1974, named ROKS Ki Rin (LSM-610)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • USS LSM-19 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, last reported active in the South Korean Navy in 1996
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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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    USS LSM-19
    LSM-19 55k USS LSM-19 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-19/21/22 81k USS LSM-22, USS LSM-21, and USS LSM-19 beached at Mindanao, P.I., 22 April 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-19 58k USS LSM-19 in San Francisco Bay, early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 79846 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.H. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    ROKS Ki Rin (LSM-610)
    LSM-19 55k Ex-LSM-19 in South Korean service as ROKS Ki Rin (LSM-610) beaching at Pohang, South Korea during joint amphibious exercises with the US Navy circa 14-18 December 1976. Ronald R. MacKay, Jr.

    The history extract for USS LSM-19 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McComb, Edward L., USNR 15 June 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Hackett, Donald G., USNR December 1945 - 9 May 1946
    03LTjg. Wilson, Edward L., USNR9 May 1946 - 1 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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