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USS LCS(L)(3)-35 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima)
Second row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

USS LCS(L)(3)-35 was transferred to France, renamed RFS Etendard returned and transferred to Greece, renamed HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95)
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 28 August 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 17 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-35, 1 October 1944, LT K. C. Huff USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-35 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Seven, LCDR. F. P. Stone USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific, 21 November to 18 December 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-35 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 September to 26 October 194529 31 October 1945 to 20 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-35, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to France, 12 March 1953, and renamed RFS Etendard
  • Returned to US custody at Subic Bay P.I. in 1957
  • Transferred to Greece, 12 August 1957, renamed HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-35 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, discarded by Greek navy in 1976
    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 40mm 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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    USS LCS(L)(3)-35
    LCS(L)(3)-51 11k LCS(L) Group Seven at Pearl Harbor prior to deployment to Iwo Jima, circa December 1944-January 1945. From left to right:
    USS LCS(L)(3)-34
    USS LCS(L)(3)-51
    USS LCS(L)(3)-32
    USS LCS(L)(3)-56
    USS LCS(L)(3)-55
    USS LCS(L)(3)-33
    USS LCS(L)(3)-5?
    USS LCS(L)(3)-53
    and Group flag ship USS LCS(L)(3)-31.
    Michael Hollis for his father LTjg. Jack D.Hollis, USS LCS(L)(3)-31 and LCS(L) Group Seven staff.
    LCS(L)-35 60k USS LCS(L)(3)-35 near Tacloban, Leyte Gulf, PI. September 1945 Donated by Charles Thomas to the
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-34/35 42k USS LCS(L)-35 and LCS(L)(3)-36 laying smoke during maneuvers, 1945.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-14 47k Nested LCS(L)s;
    USS LCS(L)(3)-14, USS LCS(L)(3)-11, USS LCS(L)(3)-53, USS LCS(L)(3)-35, circa Fall 1945, place unknown.
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)-35 62k USS LCS(L)(3)-35 crew photo, Shanghai, China November 1945. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    RFS Etendard
    LCS(L)-35 47k Ex-USS LSSL-35 in 1953, just after transfer to France. Note the French ensign flying also note that the rocket launchers have been removed National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95)
    LCS(L)-35 98k Ex-USS LSSL-35 in Greek service as HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95) moored pierside at Salamis Navy Base (Athens) Greece, circa 1960's. Tony Vrailas
    LCS(L)-35 71k Two crew members stand in front of HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95) while moored pierside at Corfu in January 1962. Panagiotis Moschovtis
    LCS(L)-35 64k HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95), moored outboard of HNS Poseidon (Y-16) ex-USS Lapon (SS-260), circa 1958.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships", 1958-59".
    Robert Hurst
    LCS(L)-35 105k HNS Plotarkhis Vlachavas (P-95) underway, 1963.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LCS(L)(3)-35
    provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT Huff, K. C., USNR1 October 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 Address:

    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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