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USS LC(L)(3)-18 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Tango- Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LCS(L)(3)-18 was transferred to the Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force, renamed JDS Yamayuri
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 28 August 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 6 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-18, 30 September 1944, LTjg. John F. Lehman USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-18 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Eight, LCDR. E. C. Thomas USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Sixteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 25 June 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific, 29 November 1945 to 16 December 1946

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-18 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 26 November 194527 November 1945 to 4 January 1946
    5 January to 15 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, LSSL-18, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred, on loan, to Japan, 30 June 1953, renamed JDS Yamayuri
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 30 June 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-18 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, designated as a target, sunk by gunfire December 1958
    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
    6 Officers
    65 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 quad packs of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines per shaft, 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
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LCS(L) (3)-18 219k Artist's conception of USS LCS(L)(3)-18 as she appeared during World War II by graphic illustrator John Barrett.  
    LCS(L) (3)-18 121k USS LCS(L)(3)-18 off Guadalcanal, early 1945
    Photo by Ed Castleberry
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-17/18/20/21 55k USS LCS(L)(3)-18 and the rest of LCS(L) Group 8 practicing off Guadalcanal, early 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-18 58k USS LCS(L)(3)-18 off Guadalcanal, 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCI(L)-1023 26k USS LCS(L)(3)-18 off Okinawa, date and location unknown. Submitted by Brian S. Myers from the collection of his father John H. Myers SM1/c USS LCI(R)-764

    History of USS LCS(L)(3)-18 as provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Lehman, John F., USNR30 September 1944 - ?
    02ENS. Hungerford, A. O., USNRMay 1945

    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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