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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon, (29 December 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal Philippines Liberation Medal

USAV FS-349 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Freight-Supply Vessel
  • Laid down, circa 1944, as the Design 381 Freight-Supply Vessel FS-349 for the US Army at JK Welding, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps in May 1944
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • Commissioned USAV FS-349, 16 May 1944, at New York, LTjg. F.H. James, USCGR in command
  • FS-349 departed New York, 21 June 1944 for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war
    At 0815, 29 December 1944, USAV FS-349 was participating in "U plus 15, L-13" resupply of the Mindoro force, the convoy was attacked by several enemy aircraft. A single-engine aircraft approached the convoy from the port side apparently attempting to crash dive into USS Porcupine (IX-126), which was 700 yards off USAV FS-349's starboard beam. Porcupine would be sunk later in the day when at approximately 1549 five Japanese Vals attacked convoy with one dropping a bomb on Porcupine, then crashed into the ship, killing seven of her crew and wounding eight others.

  • USAV FS-349 opened fire with her port twin .50 caliber machine guns. Tracer projectiles from the FS-349's machine guns were observed entering the fuselage of the plane about the cockpit. The plane crashed about 300 yards off the FS-349's starboard bow at 0819 without inflicting damage to the convoy.
  • Decommissioned and retired from US Army service date unknown
  • Acquired by Aboitiz Shipping Lines/PSNC/Cebu-Bohol Ferry Company, date unknown, named M/V Lanao, reflagged Philippines
  • Sold to Everett Lines, Philippines, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 557 gross tons
    Length 177'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two twin .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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    124k M/V Lanao (ex-USAV FS-349) in merchant service for the Everett Lines underway.
    Photo from Manila Chronicle, 6 February 1952.
    Tommy Trampp

    There is no history available for USAV FS-349 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. F.H. James, USCGR16 May 1944 - 18 September 1945
    02LTjg F.A.Ziemba, USCGR18 September 1945 - 19 November 1945
    03LT. B.T. Bassford, USCGR19 November 1945 - ?

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