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USS LCS(L)(3)-122) (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Congressional Medal of Honor - LT. McCool, Commanding Officer
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 9 November 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-122, 8 December 1944, LT. Richard M. McCool Jr. USN in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-122 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 Twenty and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 May to 22 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-122 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 10 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-122, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-121 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to J. C. Berkwit and Co., New York NY, 23 February 1951 for $8,444,44
    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)-122 48k USS LCS(L)(3)-122 alongside USS William D. Porter (DD-579) while off Okinawa, 10 June 1945, after taking off survivors as William D Porter sinks from a near-miss by a Japanese "Kamikaze" suicide plane.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Porter 110k USS William D. Porter (DD-579), sinking after she was near-missed by a "Kamikaze" suicide aircraft off Okinawa, 10 June 1945. USS LCS(L)(3)-122 is standing by.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-490027 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Fred Weiss
    Porter 83kUSS William D. Porter (DD-579) sinking after she was near-missed by a "Kamikaze" suicide aircraft off Okinawa, 10 June 1945. USS LCS(L)(3)-86 and probably LCS(L)(3)-122 are alongside, taking off her crew. Though not actually hit by the enemy plane, William D. Porter received fatal underwater damage from the near-by explosion.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-490024 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Fred Weiss
    LCS(L)(3)-122 35k Front and back of the Medal of Honor medallion given by the family of LT. Richard M. McCool, USN Jr., Commanding Officer USS LCS(L)(3)-122 to Bill Mason. Gordon Stutrud

    Lieutenant Richard Miles McCool, Jr. United States Navy Medal of Honor Citation
    The History of LCS(L)(3)-122 provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCool Jr., Richard M., USN8 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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