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USS LCS(L)(3)-42

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

Letter of Commendation from Commander LCS(L) Group Two
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)- Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 18 September 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched 8 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-42, 26 October 1944, LT. R. S. Sondree USN in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-42 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla One, CAPT. R.E.Arison USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Group Two, LT. M.C. Fitzgerald, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Zamboanga landing, 10 March 1945
    Basilian landing, 16 March 1945
    Jolo, Sulu Island, 31 March 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 19 May 1945
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 7 June to 1 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-42 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 3 September to 10 December 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)(3)-42 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Martin B. Dahl, Seattle Wash, 7 October 1947, 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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    LCS(L)(3)-42 50k USS LCS(L)(3)-42 under way, date and location unknown. National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-54 45k From left to right, USS LCI(L)-1092, USS LCS(L)(3)-54 and USS LCS(L)(3)-42 in dry dock, location unknown, circa 1945. Harold Tolmas RM2/c USS LCS(L)-54 and the LCS Association

    The History of USS LCS(L)(3)-42 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sondree, R. S., USN26 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 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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