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USS LCS(L)(3)-54 (1944 - 1949)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Tango - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2-Iwo Jima, Okinawa)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS LCS(L)(3)-54 was loaned to the Ryukyuan Coast Guard, later transferred to the Republic of Korea and named ROCS Po Song Man
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 19 July 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 5 September 1944 Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-54, 9 October 1944, LT. J. Synan USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-54 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 Fourteen, 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 February 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific
    Formosa area, July 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-54 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 7 December 19458 to 10 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-54, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred, on loan, to Ryukyuan Coast Guard, 1 February 1952
  • Returned to US custody, date unknown
  • Transferred on loan to Republic of Korea, 20 October 1952, named ROCS Po Song Man
  • Decommissioned by ROK Navy, 31 October 1962
  • Returned to US custody, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-54 earned three battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 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
    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:
    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)-54 19k USS LCS(L)(3)-54 USS LCS(L)(3)-53 and USS LCS(L)(3)-31, probably during training exercises off Maui, T.H. prior to deployment, circa December 1944-January 1945. Michael Hollis for his father LTjg. Jack D.Hollis USS LCS(L)-31 and Comm Officer, LCS(L) Group Seven.
    LCS(L)(3)-54 51k USS LCS(L)(3)-54 underway, date and location unknown National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L)(3)-54 40k USS LCS(L)(3)-54 underway, date and location unknown Harold Tolmas RM2/c USS LCS(L)(3)-54 and the LCS Association
    LCS(L)(3)-54 45k From left to right, USS LCI(L)-1092, USS LCS(L)(3)-54 and USS LCS(L)(3)-42 in dry dock, location unknown, circa 1945. Harold Tolmas RM2/c USS LCS(L)(3)-54 and the LCS Association
    LCS(L) (3)-13 145k LCS(L)(3)s laid up in reserve at Astoria, OR. summer 1946, include from left to right:
    USS LCI(L)(3)-116,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-16,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-54,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-13,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-9,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-2,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-90,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-53,
    Brayton Harris

    V Mail Valentines sent by crew member T.F. Willard MoMM1c
    submitted by Tommy Trampp

    There is no history available for LCS(L)(3)-54 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Synan, J., USNR9 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 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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