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USS LCS(L)(3)-37


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down 2 September 1944 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched 23 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-37, 10 October 1944, LTjg. S. N. Brickhouse USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-37 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 campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 27 March to 28 May 1945

  • Damaged beyond economical repair at Okinawa, 28 April 1945
  • Stripped of all usable material at Naval Repair Base, Manicani Island, Philippines
  • Decommissioned, 19 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, towed to sea, dynamited and sunk in the Philippine Trench, 7 March 1946
    Specifications:
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' o.a.
    Beam 23' 8"
    Draft
    5' 8" limiting and max draft
    loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    Speed
    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
    Complement
    8 Officers
    70 Enlisted
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    Fuel/Stores
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)-37 77k LCS(L)(3)-37 launching , 23 September 1944 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR. George Stein GM2 USN, crew member
    LCS(L)(3)-37 15k USS LCS(L)(3) mid-ships broadside view, date and location unknown. Harvey Miller via Ted Mayhugh
    LCS(L)(3)-37 57k USS LCS(L)(3)-37 off Okinawa, April 1945. Gun crews in #2 mount, unidentified LCS(L) in background, April 1945 George Stein GM2 USN, crew member
    LCS(L)(3)-37 39k USS LCS(L)(3)-37 off Okinawa April 1945. Gun crew during pause in action. George Stein GM2 is the mount captain in talker's helmet upper left. George Stein GM2 USN, crew member
    LCS(L)(3)-37 83k Crew photo, Manicani Island, Leyter Gulf, PI, 1945 George Stein GM2 crew member
    LCS(L)(3)-37 57k
    LCS(L)(3)-37 39k
    LCS(L)(3)-37 24k Photo of USS LCS(L)(3)-37 taken during decommissioning process at Naval Repair Base, Manicani Island, Philippines Harvey Miller via Ted Mayhugh

    History of LCS(L)(3)-37 as provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Brickhouse, S. N. USNR10 October 1944 - 1945
    02LTjg. Ryther, C. C. USNR1945 - 1945
    03LTjg. Deamer, R. E. USN1945 - 19 January 1946
    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 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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