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USS LST-19 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Juliet
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-19 was manned by a Coast Guard crew during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 October 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 11 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-19, 15 May 1943, LCDR Charles M. Blackford, III, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-19 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Seven, CDR. R.D. Higgins USNR;
    LST Division Seventy-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Makin and Tarawa Island landings, 28 November to 8 December 1943
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operations
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October1944

  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-19, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-19 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 27 October to 2 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947, to Ships and Power Equipment Co., of Barber, N.J.
  • USS LST-19 earned four battle stars For World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-19 8k USS LST-19 after commissioning making her way down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans and the open sea, circa May 1943 LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-19/LCT-81 258k USS LST-19 with LCT-81 secured to her main deck. San Francisco Bay, 1943. Flotilla The Newsletter of the LCT Flotillas of World War II, Volume 1, No.1, April 2000, page 8
    LST-19/LCT-81 83k USS LST-19 at anchor, date and location unknown Don Leal USS LST 19
    LST-19 59k USS LST-19 during the invasion of the Marianas, prior to launching LCT-357 at Saipan, 15 June 1944 Walter Nasmyth QM3/c USS LST-19.
    LCT-351 45k LCT-357 being launched from USS LST-19 during the invasion of Saipan, Marianas, 15 June 1944. Walter Nasmyth QM3/C USS LST 19
    LST-19 97k USS LST-19 entering a Floating Drydock after "The Miracle Salvage Job" (See story below) at Kossel Roads, Babelthaup Island, Western Caroline Island Group, January 1945. USS Munsee (ATF-107) had to sever the line to LST-19 due to Japanese submarine attack while attempting to drydock. Walter Nasmyth QM3/C USS LST 19
    LST-19 85k USS LST-19 beached at Peleliu, Western Caroline Island Group, date unknown. Gerd Metthes
    LST-19 57k USS LST-19 moored at a ramp, date and location unknown. Don Leal USS LST 19 & USS LST 67, courtesy George Jackson MoMM1/c USCGR USS LST-19
    LST-19 98k USS LST-19 moored at a ramp, date and location unknown. Don Leal USS LST 19 & USS LST 67, courtesy George Jackson MoMM1/c USCGR USS LST-19
    LST-19 96k USS LST-19 moored at a ramp, date and location unknown. Don Leal USS LST 19 & USS LST 67, courtesy George Jackson MoMM1/c USCGR USS LST-19
    LST-19 120k USS LST-19 moored at a ramp, date and location unknown. Don Leal USS LST 19 & USS LST 67, courtesy George Jackson MoMM1/c USCGR USS LST-19
    LST-19 84k USS LST-19 anchored in Long Beach Harbor, April 1945. "Home Alive in 45!" was the crews motto. Walter Nasmyth QM3/C USS LST 19
    LST-19 17k USS LST-19 at anchor in San Diego Bay, July 1945. Walter Nasmyth QM3/c USS LST-19
    LST-19 54k USS LST-19 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 82162 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975; Naval Historical Center.
    Mike Green

    For more photos and information about USS LST-19, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association
  • US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-19
  • The Miracle Salvage Job

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Blackford, Charles M. USCGR15 May 1943 - August 1944
    02LT. Heath, Howard K. USCGRAugust 1944 - 8 June 1945
    03LTjg. Oakley Jr. USCGR8 June 1945 - 12 October 1945
    04LTjg. Williams, David S. USCGR12 October 1945 - 20 March 1946

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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