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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 (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston. TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-119, 9 December 1944, LT. Harold S. Sniffen, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-119 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Following World War II LSM-119 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 28 May 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • 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
  • LSM-119 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single 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
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    LSM-10/119 37k LSM-119 and 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 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 LSM-119 beached, date and place unknown. Note LSM-130 in the background. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-119 55k LSM-119 and LSM-130 beached, date and place unknown. James Van Raken to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-119 68k LSM-119 beached with two additional unidentified LSMs off her port side, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-119 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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