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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Delta - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 May 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN
Launched, 28 July 1943
Commissioned USS LST-119, 1 September 1943, LT. Willie L. Jones, USN, in command (Ferry Command)
During World War II LST-119 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific:
LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. J.R. Clark;
LST Group Fourteen, LCDR. K.L. DeForest USNR;
LST Division Twenty-Eight and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January 8 February 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 17 June to 3 July 1944
Decommissioned, 13 May 1948, at Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Sold to Beattie Oil Transport Co., New Orleans LA.and converted to a barge
Final Disposition, fate unknown.
USS LST-119 earned two battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-119 in October 1945 at Santa Barbara, CA., during filming of the movie "Gallant Bess"
||Bill Hynes LST 119 Web Site
||USS LST-119 during pontoon causeway experiments at Grizzly Bay, CA., March 1945.
LST 119 Web Site
||USS LSM-436 (left), USS LCI(L)-743 (right) and USS LST-119 (end of pier being held in position by two LCVPs) during pontoon causeway experiments at Grizzly Bay, near Benecia, CA. in March 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-119 crew photo, January 1946
LST-119 Web Site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LT. Jones, Willie Lee, USN (Ferry Command)||1 September 1943 - 8 September 1943|
|01||LT. Dewar, Robert D., USNR||8 September 1943 - 19 July 1945|
|02||LT. Miller, Gordon W., USNR||19 July 1945 - 1945|
|03||LTjg. Brown, R. M., USNR||1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 20 June 2014
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