Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

USS LCI(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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

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 Five CAPT. J. M. Mc Isaac USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Thirteen, LCDR. R. L. Jackson USN;
    LCS(L)-(3) Div Twenty-Six
  • 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  • Withdrawn from Reserve and transferred to Japan, 30 June 1953, named JDS Botan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, renamed 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, renamed BRF Camarines Sur (LF-48)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, deleted by the Philippine Navy, date and fate unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-129 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' 6" o.a.
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    Speed 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 6 Officers, 65 Enlisted
    Propulsion 8 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    Fuel/Stores 76 tons fuel oil, 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
    Specifications Sources:
    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)

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS LCS(L)(3)-129
    LCS(L)(3)-129 72k USS LCS(L)(3)-129 underway, 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 underway 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

    The Okinawa Diary
    Russell H. Hannah SM3/c USS LCS(L)(3)-129

    There is no DANFS history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-129 at NavSource
    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)
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To the Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Landing Craft Support (LCS(L) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 7 July 2012