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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
USS LSM-315 was transferred to Australia and renamed AV-1353 Harry Chauvel
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 22 April 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
Launched, 16 July 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-319, 10 August 1944, LTjg. Oren J. Mollenkopf, USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-319 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;
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Ormoc Bay landings, 11 to 12 December 1944
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings
10 March 1945, 24 to 31 March 1945, 17 to 23 April 1945, 10 to 16 May 1945
Sulu Archipelago landings, 2 to 4 April, 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
Decommissioned, 14 June 1946, at Astoria, OR.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
Transferred (sold) to the Royal Australian Army, 16 July 1959 and assigned to the Australian Army Royal Engineers 32 Small Ship Squadron, named AV-1353 Harry Chauvel
Final Disposition, sold in 1972, to Pacific Logistics S.A., Philippines, fate unknown
USS LSM-319 received three battle stars 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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| USS LSM-319
USS LSM-319 and
USS LSM-315 as well as two unidentified LSMs alongside an unidentified tender or repair ship at Subic Bay, P.I., date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
|AV-1353 Harry Chauvel
||Ex-USS LSM-319 in Australian service as AV-1353 Harry Chauvel at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, January 1968
||AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached in South Vietnamese waters.
||AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached at Madang New Guinea, 1965
||Overhead view of AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached, date and place unknown.
||AV-1353 Harry Chauvel underway, date and place unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||AV-1353 Harry Chauvel at Wellington New Zealand, January 1969 to load four ex New Zealand Army Centurion Tanks for return to Australia.
||Dave Perham Australian LSM Association
The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-319 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Small Ships, Heavy Boats and the Perils of the Long Tau Shipping Channel
Last Updated 17 April 2009
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