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USS LSM-319


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Juliet - Yankee
NVJY
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;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    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
    Specifications:
    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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    LCM-34 77k USS LSM-169, USS LSM-34, 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
    LSM-315 46k Ex-USS LSM-319 in Australian service as AV-1353 Harry Chauvel at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, January 1968 Darryl Graney
    LSM-315 44k AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached in South Vietnamese waters. .
    LSM-315 45k AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached at Madang New Guinea, 1965 Peter Bayliss
    LSM-315 119k Overhead view of AV-1353 Harry Chauvel beached, date and place unknown. Darryl Graney
    LSM-319 68k AV-1353 Harry Chauvel underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-319 95k 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

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    Small Ships, Heavy Boats and the Perils of the Long Tau Shipping Channel

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