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USS LSSL-65
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USS LCS(L)(3)-65 (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Uniform - Golf
NVUG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa-19 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row- World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal



USS LCS(L)-65 was transferred to France and later to Greece, and named HS Plotarkhis Maridakis

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 16 October1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland OR.
  • Launched, 14 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-65, 26 December 1944, LT. T. B. Bannister USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-65 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Four, CDR. N. Phillips USN (24);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Twelve, LCDR. B. D. Voegelin USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Twenty-Three, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-65 was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September 1945 to 15 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 9th Naval District, assigned the Naval Training Center Great Lakes and later to the Reserve Training Center Wheeling WVA. in March 1947
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-65, 28 February 1949
  • Placed out of service and transferred to France for service in Indochina, 30 June 1958
  • Reacquired by the US Navy and transferred to Greece, named HS Plotarkhis Maridakis
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-65 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, placed on the Greek Navy inactive list, 10 July 1967, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' o.a.
    Beam 23' 8"
    Draft
    5' 8" limiting and max draft
    loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    Speed
    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
    Complement
    8 Officers
    70 Enlisted
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    Fuel/Stores
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)-65 175k View from the mast of LCS(L)(3)-65 looking forward, prior to and after the 3"/50 dual purpose gun and twin 40mm AA guns and fire control systems were installed, circa November-December 1944 at Portland, OR. Property of James D. Hall family. In honor of his father Larry N. Hall Jr. USS LCS(L)(3)-65
    LCS(L)-65 176k
    LCS(L)-65 434k USS LCS(L)(3)-65 moored pierside, probably in the Portland, OR. area, circa December 1945. The officer in the photo is unidentified. Property of James D. Hall family. In honor of his father Larry N. Hall Jr. USS LCS(L)(3)-65
    LCS(L)-65 81k USS LCS(L)(3)-65, off Okinawa, circa 1945. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-65 392k USS LCS(L)(3)-65 crewman Sk2/c Larry N. Hall Jr. in the aft 40mm gun mount, Yokohama, Japan, September 1945 Property of James D. Hall family. In honor of his father Larry N. Hall Jr. USS LCS(L)(3)-65
    LCS(L)-65 246k USS LCS(L)(3)-65 moored at Yokohama, Japan, circa September 1945 to February 1946. Property of James D. Hall family. In honor of his father Larry N. Hall Jr. USS LCS(L)(3)-65
    LCS(L)-65 410k USS LCS(L)(3)-65 moored at Yokohama, Japan, circa September 1945 to February 1946. Property of James D. Hall family. In honor of his father Larry N. Hall Jr. USS LCS(L)(3)-65
    HS Plotarkhis Maridakis
    LCS(L)-65 61k Ex-USS LCS(L)(3)-65 underway as the Greek patrol boat HS Plotarkhis Maridakis, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    History of LCS(L)(3)-65 as provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bannister, T. B., USNR26 December 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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