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USS LCS(L)(3)-14 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Sierra - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS LSSL-14 was transferred to Japan and named Sumire

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 19 August 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 28 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-14, 23 September 1944, ENS. Thomas C. Fisher USNR in command
  • During World War II LCS(L)(3)-14 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Eight, LCDR. E. C. Thomas USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 25 June 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific
    Tsushima Straits (Kyushu-Korea Area), 8 to 16 November 1945
    Formosa Straits, 29 November to 13 December 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-14 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 26 November 194527 November 1945 to 15 January 1946
    16 January to 15 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-14 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-14, 28 February 1949
  • Reactived and loaned to Japan, 16 February 1953, name Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force Ship Sumire
  • Returned to US custody, 30 September 1975
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' o.a.
    Beam 23' 8"
    5' 8" limiting and max draft
    loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    14.4 trial
    16.5k max at 650 shaft rpm
    14.5kts at 585 shaft rpm
    Armor 10-lb STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning tower
    8 Officers
    70 Enlisted
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    635 Bbls Diesel (76 tons)
    10 tons fresh water
    6 tons lubrication oil
    8 tons provisions and stores at full load
    Fresh Water Capacity distill up to 1,000 gals. per day
    bow gun, one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    2 quad packs of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines per shaft, BHP 1,600
    single General Motors Main Reduction Gears
    2 Diesel-drive 60Kw 450V. A. C. Ships Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers

    Specifications Sources
    Baker, A.D. III. Allied Landing Craft of World War II. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute Press, 1989. 47
    Lawley, George & Sons Corporation. Instructions for LCS(L)(3) Class Lawley, George & Sons Corporation. Original Plans of LCS(L)(3)
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LCS(L) (3)-14 220k Artist's conception of USS LCS(L)(3)-14 as she appeared during World War II by the well known graphic illustrator John Barrett. His company, Navy Yard Associates offers, in addition to prints of LCS(L)s, many other navy types including most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your biography, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
    LCS(L) (3)-15 89k USS LCS(L)(3)-14 and USS LCS(L)(3)-15 maneuvering off Okinawa, 1 April 1945
    US National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-14 47k USS LCS(L)(3)-14,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-11,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-53,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-35,
    nested together, circa Fall 1945, location unknown.
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-14 67k model of USS LCS(L)(3)-14 National Association of
    USS LCS(L)(3) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-14 47k USS LCS(L)(3)-14 under way, date and location unknown. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130

    History of LCS(L)(3)-14 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Fisher, Thomas C. USNR3 September 1944- ?
    02LT. Todd, J. R. USNRMay 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Other Crew Contact and Reunion Information
    National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Dennis Steenbergen, Secretary
    7345 W. Lakeside Drive, Littleton, CO, 80125
    Phone 303-470-1187
    E-mail Dennis Steenbergen
    Additional Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130

    Additional Resources
    Rielly, Robin L. Mighty Midgets at War: The Saga of the LCS(L) Ships from Iwo Jima to Vietnam. Central Point, Oregon: Hellgate Press, 2000. (ISBN 1-55571-522-2)
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