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USS LCS (L) (3) 102, WWII Landing Craft Support Museum

LSC 102 transfer ceremony
Transfer ceremony

LSC 102
LSC 102

LSC 102 from stern
View from stern

3 inch gun - LCS 102
3 inch gun

20mm gun - LCS 102
20 mm cannons

40mm gun on LCS 102
40 mm guns

Generator on LCS 102
LCS generator

Bridge on LCS 102
LCS bridge




USS LCS102 (Landing Craft Support)

Landing Craft Support gunboat museum
Berthed: former Mare Island Naval Shipyard
Vallejo, California

Visited September 2009: USS LCS 102 is berthed at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard and is currently open to the public as a museum. The gunboat was loaned to the Government of Thailand on August 29, 1966 and transferred to the National Association of USS LCS (L) 1-130 on May 22, 2007. It is "dedicated to the officers and men who served so valiantly aboard a Mighty Midget and the HTMS Nakha as well as a memorial for those who died while in the service of our two great countries."

The USS LCS 102 was commissioned on January 13, 1945. She served during World War II, and earned the China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Since being returned to the US, restoration of the gunboat has been in progress. As much as possible, the Tai equipment had been replaced with U.S. Navy standard issue equipment. The restoration work is on going and the the day we visited, they were doing exterior painting.

You may visit the ship on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They are also there most Tuesdays and Thursdays. We were lucky enough to get a tour by William Mason, a veteran of the LCS 86. Dr. Mason was one of the people instrumental in the return of the LCS 102 and in her continued restoration as a museum.