According to www.usmm.org/battle-a-f.html, U.S. Merchant Marine Ships whose Naval Armed Guard crews earned “Battle Stars” in WWII included the Columbia Victory for the following:
Feb – 6 March 1945 Assault-Occupation of
May – 4 June 1945 Assault-Occupation of
At http://en.wikipedia.org/wike/main_Page, you can find the WSS Warrick AKA-89, which states that on 2 March 1945, Warrick dispatched three LCM.s to help unload ammunition from SS Columbia Victory.
At http://ftp.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/IV/USMC-IV-VI-8.html. you will find a lengthy publication entitled Western Pacific Operations, History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II by Garand.Strowbridge, Historical Branch.G-3 Division.Headquarters.U.S. Marine Corps. At pages 602-603, you will find this about the Columbia Victory:
Japanese, increasingly compelled to watch the beehive of activity along
eastern shore in helpless frustration, saw an opportunity to interfere
operations on the western beaches. On 1 March, an ammunition
ship, the Columbia Victory, was approaching the west
coast with a
cargo of artillery ammunition when mortar fire from Kama and Kangoku
well as northwestern
We served on a very proud ship. Remember the Columbia Victory when you go to see Flag of our Fathers.