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Lost due to enemy action, 16 February 1945

USS LCS(L)(3)-49

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Mariveles-Corregidor) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Personnel Awards

Silver Stars, Commanding Officer, LT. Harold W. Smith USNR (16 February 1945 at Mariveles P.I.) - Purple Hearts (25-WIA, Mariveles, P.I.)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 2 June 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-49, 31 August 1944, LT. Harold W. Smith USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-49 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla One, CAPT. R.E.Arison USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Group One, LCDR W. I. Hunt, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Two and participated in the following campaigns:
    Campaign and Dates
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Subic Bay and Grande Island, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, Mariveles Harbor, 14 to 16 February 1945

  • Final Disposition, sunk, at Mariveles Harbor, Leyte, P.I., 16 February 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-49 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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)-49 95k USS LCS(L)(3)-49 launching, 20 July 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR. Dennis A. Steenbergen
    LCS(L)(3)-49 73k USS LCS(L)(3)-49 underway, date and location unknown. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-49 49k William T. McLaughlin MoMM 3/c, far right, with unknown shipmates aboard USS LCS(L)(3)-49. McLaughlin was Killed in Action, 16 February 1945 when the ship sank at Mariveles Bay, P.I.
    The photo was donated to the National Association OF USS LCS (L) 1-130 by McLaughlin's grandaughter Dawn Bristol to honor her grandfather.
    Dennis A. Steenbergen

    The History of USS LCS(L)(3)-49 as provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Harold W., USNR31 August 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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