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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 October 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston. TX.
  • Launched, 18 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-119, 9 December 1944, LT. Harold S. Sniffen USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-119 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22)
    LSM Group Thirty-four, LCDR. V.W. Webb USNR;
    LSM Division Sixty-Seven and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-119 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 22 September to 28 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 May 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register date unknown
  • USS LSM-119 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold in October 1958, to Tidewater-Shaver Barge Line, Portland, OR.
  • Resold to Republic of Brazil (date unknown) and renamed Goncoloa Coelho, fitted with new engines in 1978 and used as a Roll-on Roll-Off cargo ship. Listed in Lloyd's Register of Ships 1993/94
  • Final Disposition, sunk off Pernambuco, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, date unknown
    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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    LSM-10/119 37k USS LSM-119 and USS LSM-10 anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, date unknown. Photo by H. E. Freeman PhM/1c, LSM-116
    Now in the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM/2c, USS LSM-116 and USS LSM-467
    LSM-119 44k USS LSM-119 beached at Wakayama, Japan for occupation duty, September 1945. Photo by H. E. Freeman PhM/1c, LSM-116
    Now in the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM/2c, USS LSM-116 and USS LSM-467
    LSM-119 79k USS LSM-119 beached, date and location unknown. Note USS LSM-130 in the background. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-119 55k USS LSM-119 and USS LSM-130 beached, date and location unknown. James Van Raken to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-119 68k USS LSM-119 beached with two additional unidentified LSMs off her port side, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-119 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sniffen, Harold S., USNR9 December 1944 - 30 November 1945
    02LTjg. Ballreich, Newell, USNR30 November 1945 - January 1946
    03ENS. Thompson, Robert E., USNRJanuary 1946 - 28 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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