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USS LCS(L)(3)-116 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LSSL-116 was transferred to Japan and named JDSYamabuki

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 22 October 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched 30 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-116, 17 November 1944, LT. A. J. Wiertzbiki USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-116 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Four, CDR. N. Phillips USN;
    LCS(L)(3) Group Ten, LCDR. J. A. Donson USN;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Nineteen, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-116, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to Japan, 30 May 1953, named JDS Yamabuki
  • Returned to US custody, 31 March 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1966
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-116 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 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 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 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)(3)-116 83k USS LCS(L)(3)-116 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LSM(R)-406 134k Twenty Fletcher class destroyers being inactivated at the Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA., circa 1946. USS LCS(L)(2)-116 and USS LSM(R)-406 are in floating drydocks on the opposite side of the pier from the destroyers.
    US Navy photo # NH 95684 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCS(L) (3)-13 145k LCS(L)(3)s laid up in reserve at Astoria, OR. summer 1946, include from left to right:
    USS LCS(L)(3)-116,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-16,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-54,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-13,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-9,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-2,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-90,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-53,
    Brayton Harris

    There is no history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-116 / LSSL-116 at Navsource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wiertzbiki, A. J. USNR17 November 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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