Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

USS LCS(L)(3)-34 (1944 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima, Okinawa)
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 LCS(L)(3)-34 was transferred to Italy, named ITS Alano (L-9851)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 19 August 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 16 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-34, 30 September 1944, LTjg. J. Brad Seely USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-34 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Seven, LCDR. E. P. Stone USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-34 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 September to 13 November 194516 November to 20 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-34, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-34 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to Italy, 25 July 1951, named ITS Alano (L-9851)
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1983
    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
    6 Officers
    65 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 40mm 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)

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS LCS()L)(3)-34
    LCS(L)(3)-51 11k LCS Group Seven at Pearl Harbor prior to deployment to Iwo Jima, circa December 1944-January 1945. From left to right:
    USS LCS(L)(3)-35
    USS LCS(L)(3)-51
    USS LCS(L)(3)-32
    USS LCS(L)(3)-56
    USS LCS(L)(3)-55
    USS LCS(L)(3)-33
    USS LCS(L)(3)-5?
    USS LCS(L)(3)-53
    and Group flag ship USS LCS(L)(3)-31.
    Michael Hollis for his father LTjg. Jack D.Hollis, USS LCS(L)(3)-31 and LCS(L) Group Seven staff.
    LCS(L)-34/35 42k USS LCS(L)(3)-34 and USS LCS(L)(3)-35, laying smoke during maneuvers, 1945
    US Navy photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-34/36 118k USS LCS(L)(3)-34 and USS LCS(L)(3)-36 heading into Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945
    US Navy photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    ITS Alano (L-9851)
    LCS(L)-34/35 45k Ex-USS LSSL-34 in Italian Naval service as ITS Alano (L-9851) entering Valletta Harbor, Malta, circa 1955.
    Photo by A & J Pavia from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57"
    Robert Hurst

    The history of USS LCS(L)(3)-34 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Seely, J. Brad, USNR30 September 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)
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Landing Craft Support Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 11 August 2017