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USS LCS(L)(3)-43

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third 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, 23 September 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-43, 30 October 1944, LT. W. A. Moore USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-43 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 in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Zamboanga landing, 10 March 1945
    Minesweeping Pacific operations
    Yangtze River Approaches, February to April 1946
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 1 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-43 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 to 22 September 194528 September 1945 to 7 April 1946
    12 to 15 April 1946 

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)(3)-43 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 October 1947, to Nick Bez, Seattle WA..

    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)-43 103k USS LCS(L)(3)-43 commissioning ceremony, 30 October 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130, courtesy Joe Taylor LCS(L)-43
    LCS(L)-43 30k USS LCS(L)(3)-43 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LST-667 1500k USS LST-667 beached at Tarakan Island, Borneo, 1 May 1945, launching LCT "El Toro", 727th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, US Army. Note USS LCS(L)(3)-43 in the background. Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht
    LCS(L)-43 43k USS LCS(L)(3)-43 under way at Hong Kong BCC, circa February 1946. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130, courtesy Joe Taylor LCS(L)-43

    The History of USS LCS(L)(3)-43 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Moore, W. A., USNR30 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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