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Lignite (IX-162)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Trefoil Class non-self propelled Storage Barge:
  • Laid down, 8 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 1336) at Barrett & Hilp, Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched , 26 February 1944
  • Converted for use as an Army and Marine Corps stores barge by Barrett & Hilp
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in service at San Francisco as Lignite (IX-162) 26 September 1944
  • During World War II Lignite was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II Lignite was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    26 October 1945 to 22 April 194626 October 1945 to 22 April 1946

  • Placed out of service, 6 August 1946 at Subic Bay in the Philippines
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 7 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Lignite earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, while under tow ex Lignite broke away during a typhoon and went aground on the fringing reef off Eli Malk in the Palau Islands (7° 06' 43.65"N and 134° 24' 13.42"E)
    Displacement 5,678 t.(lt) 10,960 t.(fl)
    Length 366' 4"
    Beam 54'
    Draft 26'
    Complement 52
    Cargo Capacity 3,000 DWT
    non-refrigerated 292,000 Cu ft
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 610 Bbls
    four Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators

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    159k Lignite at anchor in the harbor at Hong Kong BCC, circa March-April 1946. Terry Olah for his father Leo Olah BM2, USN Lignite
    78k Lignite at anchor, date and location unknown. Terry Olah for his father Leo Olah Lignite
    Lignite 931k History of ex-Lignite(IX-162) after completing Naval Service and an image of the after portion of the barge grounded on the fringe reef at Eli Malk, Palau Islands, date unknown.
    ©WWII Wrecks of Palau pg 202, by Dan Bailey
    Phil Orr
    Lignite 807k

    Lignite (IX-162)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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