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USS LCS(L)(3)-48

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - 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, 25 May 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 7 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-48, 26 August 1944, LTjg. John A. Keefer USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-48 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla One, (flagship) CAPT. R.E.Arison USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Group One, LCDR W. I. Hunt, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division One and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Subic Bay and Grande Island, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, Mariveles Harbor, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 22 April to 1 May 1945
    Brunei Bay operation, 7 to 10 June 1945 and 25 June to 2 July 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 15 June to 20 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-48 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 September to 9 October 19452 to 10 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 18 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-48 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Fred Markley, Seattle, WA., 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-48/LSM-169 60k USS LCS(L)(3)-48 stands off USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945 helping to fight the fires on the LSM after she struck a mine. Also in this photo can be seen an Ocean Rescue Tug fighting the fires.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCS(L)-48 45k USS LCS(L)(3)-48 standing off Corregidor, 16 February 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-48 45k USS LCS(L)(3)-48 entering Chinghae Naval Base, Korea late in 1945. Robert J. Amick and the LCS(L) 1-130 Association

    The History of LCS(L)(3)-48 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Keefer, John A., USNR26 August 1944 - ?
    02LT. Widel, D. E., USNR? - 28 March 1946
    03LTjg. Solling, Saul Leonard, USNR28 March 1946 - 10 June 1946
    04LT. Lamartin Jr., F. H., USN10 June 1946 - 18 October 1046

    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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