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USS LCS(L)(3)-36 (1944 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - World War II Victory Medal

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 28 August 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 17 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-36, 4 October 1944, LT. Joseph Sansone USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-36 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, (flagship) CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Seven, LCDR. F. P. Stone USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Div Thirteen, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Minesweeping operations Pacific, 21 November to 15 December 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-36 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 29 October 194531 October 1945 to 20 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-36, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-36 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 February 1951, to Northern Metal Co., Philadelphia PA., for $9,009.
    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)-34/36 118k USS LCS(L)(3)-36 heading into Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-36 45k USS LCS(L)(3)-36 under way off Iwo Jima, February 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-3 50k USS LCS(L)(3)-36 operating off Iwo Jima, probably during the pre-landing bombardment, circa 19 February 1945. Note explosions and smoke ashore, flares falling overhead, and LCVP underway in the right center. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by LT. Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, Sanborn (APA-193).
    US Navy photo # NH 104363-KN (color) from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of LCDR. Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCI(L)-988 27k USS LC(FF)-988 at anchored at Aomori Wan, Japan while serving as flagship for LCS Flotilla 3. She is with USS LCS(L)(3)-36 and USS LCS(L)(3)-35 (cropped from photo). Source - Diary entry of Clarence Libby USS LCS(L)(3)-36 contributed by Kevin Libby "arrived at Hokido this morning early, came through mine fields and channel last night and early this morning. Hokido is about 550 miles from Yokohama. We are to make landings here for occupation when we left Yokohama for this place we were joined by another group, making a total force of 21 L.C.S.ís and three L.C.I.ís, L.C.S.ís are NO. 11, 12, 13, 14,16,17,18,19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 38, 39, 40, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113,. L.C.Iís are 485, 536, 988." September 27th diary entry indicated LCS(L)(3)-36 anchored in Aomori Wan harbor.
    Photo courtesy on behalf of Mrs. Francis M. Zachara.
    Michael Hollis
    LCS(L)(3)-109/38/LCI(l)-536 58k LCS(L)(3)-109, USS LCS(L)(3)-36 and USS LC(FF)-536 at Sasebo, Japan, November 1945 Donated by Robert H. Ochs
    to the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130

    There is no history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-36 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sansone, Joseph, USNR4 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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