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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January 8 February 1944
    Marianas operations
    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
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-119 39k USS LST-119 in October 1945 at Santa Barbara, CA., during filming of the movie "Gallant Bess" Bill Hynes LST 119 Web Site
    LST-119 68k USS LST-119 during pontoon causeway experiments at Grizzly Bay, CA., March 1945. Bill Hynes
    LST 119 Web Site
    LSM-436 91k 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
    LST-119 102k USS LST-119 crew photo, January 1946 Bill Hynes
    LST-119 Web Site

    USS LST-119
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Jones, Willie Lee, USN (Ferry Command)1 September 1943 - 8 September 1943
    01LT. Dewar, Robert D., USNR8 September 1943 - 19 July 1945
    02LT. Miller, Gordon W., USNR19 July 1945 - 1945
    03LTjg. Brown, R. M., USNR1945 - ?
    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
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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