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USS LCS(L)(3)-57 (1944 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa, 12 April 1945) - Presidential Unit Citation (16 April 1945, Okinawa)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS LSSL-57 was transferred to Japan and named Kiku
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 15 August 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland OR.
  • Launched, 14 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-57, 30 October 1944, LT. H. L. Smith USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-57 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Seven, LCDR. F. P. Stone USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Fourteen, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 28 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-57 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 September to 7 December 19458 to 10 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-57, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to Japan Self-Defense Force 14 January 1953, named Kiku
  • Returned to US custody 27 March 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-57 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, recommended for use as a target, sunk by gunfire circa October 1958
    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:
    Ships' Data U.S. Naval Vessels, Navships 250-012, April 15 1945
    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)-57 50k USS LCS(L)(3)-57 at Kerama Rhetto, April 1945, after being hit by Kamikaze
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-57 21k USS LCS(L)(3)-57 at Kerama Rhetto, April 1945, after being hit by Kamikaze Michael Hollis for his father LTjg. Jack D.Hollis, USS LCS(L)(3)-31 and LCS(L) Group Seven staff
    LCS(L)-28/76/57 144k Homeward bound, right to left;
    USS LCS(L)(3)-57
    USS LCS(L)(3)-76,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-28 preparing to get underway at Saipan, 29 December 1945
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Courtesy Ken Krayer
    LCS(L)(3)-57 79k USS LCS(L)(3)-57 underway, date and location unknown. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130

    The History of LCS(L)(3)-57 was provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, H. L., 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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