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USS LCS(L)(3)-111 (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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSSL-111 was transferred to Japan and named Keshi
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 9 October 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched 17 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-111, 3 November 1944, LTjg. Leslie E. Culp USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-111 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Three, CAPT. T.C. Aylward USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Nine, LT. B. A. Thiakield USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Seventeen, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 7 June 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific
    Tsushima Straits (Kyushu-Korea Area), 5 to 10 November 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-111 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 October to 29 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-111, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to Japan, 16 February 1953, renamed Keshi
  • Returned to US Navy custody 21 July 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-111 earned two battle stars 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 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    201k Starboard side view of USS LCS(L)(3)-111 under way during builders trials, 5 November 1944. George Lawley & Sons Corp, builders completion photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-382782, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis
    LCS(L)(3)-111 91k USS LCS(L)(3)-111 at anchor, date and location unknown. Jack Cox USS LCS(L)-111
    LCS(L)(3)-111 242k USS LCS(L)(3)-111 crew photo, date and location unknown. Stephen M. Haney for Don Anderson USS LCS(L)-111
    LCS(L)(3)-111 295k USS LCS(L)(3)-111 crew photo, date and location unknown. Stephen M. Haney for Don Anderson USS LCS(L)-111
    LCS(L)(3)-111 96k Donald H. Anderson F 1/c aboard USS LCS(L)(3)-111 while off Okinawa, 12 April 1945. Dennis Steenbergen

    The History for USS LCS(L)(3)-111 provide by former crew member Jack Cox
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Culp, Leslie E., USNR3 November 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
    Scale model photos of LCS(L)3-111
    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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