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USS LCS(L)(3)-118 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Silver Star Gunnery Officer, LTjg. Charles D. Towers) - Bronze Star (Commanding Officer, LT. Peter F. Gilmore and five crew members)

USS LCS(L)(3)-118 was transferred to Italy, renamed NMM Spinone (L9856)
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 28 October 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 6 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-118, 23 November 1944, LT. P. F. Gilmore Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-118 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Four, CDR. N. Phillips, USN (24);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Ten, LCDR. J. A. Dodson, USN (37);
    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, 6 June 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-118, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1951
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-118 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Italy, 25 July 1951, named NMM Spinone (L9856)
  • Final Disposition, scraped in 1983
    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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    USS LCS(L)(3)-118
    LCS(L) (3)-118 46k USS LCS(L)(3)-118 moored forward of USS LSM-237 at Panama in January 1946 Contributed by Earl Blanton USS LCS(L)-118
    to the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-118/114 52k USS LCS(L)(3)-118 moored outboard of USS LCS(L)(3)-114 at Yokosuka, Japan in November 1945 Contributed by Earl Blanton USS LCS(L)-118
    to the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-118 196k USS LCS(L)(3)-118 in a floating drydock at Saipan, 1945 Contributed by Earl Blanton USS LCS(L)-118
    to the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    NMM Spinone (L9856)
    LCS(L) (3)-118 74k Ex-USS LCS(L)(3)-118 underway while in Italian service as NMM Spinone (L9856), date unknown.  
    LCS(L) (3)-118 45k NMM Spinone (L9856) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LCS(L) (3)-118 31k NMM Spinone (L9856) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    The History of USS LCS(L)(3)-118 provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gilmore Jr., P. F., USNR23 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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