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USS LSSL-91
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USS LCS(L)(3)-91 (1945 - 1949)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LSSL-91 was transferred to South Korea and named ROKS Kang Hwa Man (LSSL-108)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 20 November 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 17 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-91, 4 January 1945, LT. S. A. McCray USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-91 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-Four, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-91 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 18 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in reserve at Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-91, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Republic of Korea in 1952, renamed ROKS Kang Hwa Man (LSSL-108)
  • Decommissioned by ROK Navy, 15 November 1960
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-91 earned one battle star for WWII service
  • Final Disposition, 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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    USS LCS(L)(3)-91
    LCS(L)(3)-68 38k In the foreground is USS LCS(L)(3)-91
    with USS LCS(L)(3)-68 in the background, circa 1945, location unknown.
    National Association of
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    LCS(L)(3)-91 44k
    LCS(L)-90 73k USS LCS(L)(3)-90, USS LCS(L)(3)-92 and USS LCS(L)(3)-91 moored together at Yokohama in the Fall of 1945. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-/91 63k USS LCS(L)(3)-91 moored pierside at Yokosuka, Japan in 1946. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Norman H Wackenhut
    LCS(L)-77/91 118k Four U.S. Navy ships at Astoria, Oregon, during their transfer to the ROK Navy. In the foreground are USS LSSL-77, which became the Korean ROKS Yung Huang Man (LSSL-107), and USS LSSL-91 which became the Korean ROKS Kang Hwa Man (LSSL-108). Behind them are PC-485, which became the Korean ROKS Han La San (PC-705), and USS PC-600, which became the Korean ROKS Myo Hyang San (PC-706). Photograph is dated 24 January 1952.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-438383, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    ROKS Kang Hwa Man (LSSL-108)
    LCS(L)-91 144k ROKS Kang Hwa Man (LSSL-108) (ex-USS LCS(L)(3)-91) underway off the coast of South Korea, circa June to September 1953. Photos taken from USS Allen M. Sumner (DD) Fred Willshaw
    LCS(L)-91 144k
    LCS(L)-91 102k
    LCS(L)-91 115k
    LCS(L)-91 119k

    USS LCS(L)(3)-91 History provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCray, S. A., USNR4 January 1945 - ?
    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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