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USS LCS(L)-129 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, 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-129 was transferred Japan, and later to South Vietnam and finally to the Republic of the Philippines

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 5 December 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched 13 December1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-129, 31 December 1944, LT. L. A. Brennan USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-129 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Four, CDR. N. Phillips USN (24);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Thirteen, LCDR. R. L. Jackson USN
    LCS(L)(3) Division Twenty-Six and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-129 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 September to 1 December 1945
  • Decommissioned in May 1946 and laid up in Reserve
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-129, 28 February 1949
  • Withdrawn from Reserve and transferred to Japan, 30 June 1953, named JDS Botan
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 28 April 1965
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, 19 February 1966, named RVNS Nguyen Duc Bong (HQ-231)
  • Escaped to the Philippines in 1975 with the fall of the South Vietnamese government
  • Custody transferred to the Republic of the Philippines in 1975, named BRF Camarines Sur (LF-48)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-129 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, deleted by the Philippine Navy, date and 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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    USS LCS(L)(3)-129
    LCS(L)(3)-129 72k USS LCS(L)(3)-129 under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    RVNS Nguyen Duc Bong (HQ-231)
    LCS(L)(3)-129 42k Ex-USS LSSL-129 under way while in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Nguyen Duc Bong (HQ-231), circa late-1960s
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-96 44k RVNS Nguyen Duc Bong (HQ-231) moored inboard of RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230) [ex-USS LSSL-96] and outboard of an unidentified ex-US LSSL, date and location unknown. The bow of USS Gray (DE-1054) is also visible in the photo. Tommy Trampp

    There is no history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-129 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brennan, L. A., USNR31 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
    The Okinawa Diary, Russell H. Hannah SM3/c USS LCS(L)(3)-129
    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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