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USS LCS(L)(3)-25 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSSL-25 was transferred Japan, named JDS Suzuran
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 29 September 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Newponset, MA.
  • Launched, 8 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-25, 24 October 1944, LTjg. J. M. Willette USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-25 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Nine, LT. B. A. Thiakield USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 April to 2 June 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific
    "Klondike" (East China Sea-Ryukyus Area), 31 October to 7 November 1945
    Tsushima Straits (Kyushu-Korea Area), 24 November to 4 December 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-25 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September to 19 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 June 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, LSSL-25, 28 February 1949
  • Reactivated in 1952
  • Transferred, on loan, to Japan, 30 June 1953, named JDS Suzuran
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 30 June 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-25 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target in the western Pacific, sunk by gunfire, 12 March 1959
    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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    LCS(L) (3)-25 68k USS LCS(L)(3)-25 builders photo. George Lawley & Sons Corp. circa October 1944, port side view
    Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-25 59k USS LCS(L)(3) 25 at Sasebo, Japan, 19 December 1945. Courtesy Bob Ochs, submitted by the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-23/25 105k A line of LCS(L)s at Sasebo Japan, 19 December 1945. In the lead is USS LCS(L)(3)-23 followed by USS LCS(L)(3)-25. Courtesy Bob Ochs, submitted by the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-25 44k USS LCS(L)(3)-25 drydocked, undergoing pre-inactivation overhaul, Portland OR., April 1946 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-25 261k USS LCS(L)(3)-25 inboard of USS LCS(L)(3)-101 moored, probably at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR. in April 1946, while being prepared for lay up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, at Astoria, OR. Jack Harper

    USS LCS(L)(3)-25 History provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Willette, J. M., USNR24 October 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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 Address:

    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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