Sutton Jr., James, MoMM3c

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Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1944-1944, FN-0000, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by James Sutton ( Hutton), MM2 to remember Sutton Jr., James, PO3.

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Nov 29, 2006
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Junior Sutton (as he was known among friends) was as a patriotic soul that ever existed. He instilled in me, I believe from the day I was born, to be thankful and respectful to this country, and the flag tha flies over her. He influenced (or at least tried) all around him, with his feelings for the USA. And believe me, he wasn't shy about telling folks how he felt. He retired from Dupont in Louisville, Ky in 1984. He knocked around for a bit, but finally fell into a part time job that he worked part time at until he was 78 yrs old and that was working security at Churchill Downs race track. He enjoyed it very much.

My father of course had a big impact on me throughout his life. I realized later, to what extent he was responsible for the foundation that was laid for me to build on. Dad was proud of his country and patriotic to the core. He spoke often his experiences serving in the Pacific on USS LCS(L)(3) – 10 (Brown Jug 10) close support gun boat in WWII, and how he felt honored to be able to serve his country in a time of need. It was no wonder that when the time for me to step up and serve my country, I did so willingly. And by honoring both my father and myself, I enlisted in the Navy in 1969, just as my father did 25 yrs. before. And I also was honored to do so. It was a different era and a different war.  As I try to add and improve on my profile, my goal is to research and build my father’s profile. There is finally more information (after all these years) on the LCS(L)(3)’s that has not been available. But thanks to the National Association of USS LCS(L)(3) 1-130 and some wonderful books like   Mighty Midgets at War: The Saga of the LCS(L) Ships from Iwo Jima to Vietnam.  Written by Association Historian Robin L. Rielly and Fighting Amphibs The LCS(L) in World War II was written by former Association Historian Donald L. Ball, more and more is coming to light. And navsource .org is a wealth of information. It is the primary source of my info and there is some great history to be found there. The link for the “Mighty 10” call sign “Brown Jug 10” is ……….    hope all find it interesting. My research continues, and will add as I am able.

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LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 10 August 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 19 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-10, 10 September 1944
  • Decommissioned (date unknown) and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-10, 28 February 1949
  • Reactivated and transferred (loaned) to France, 15 August 1950, named RFS Javeline (L-9024)
  • Returned to US custody in 1955
  • Transferred to Japan, 7 May 1956, renamed JSDFS Hinageshi
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, 15 September 1956, renamed Le Van Binh (HQ-227)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sunk in South Vietnam, 2 October 1966
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' 6" o.a.
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    Speed 16.5 kts. 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
    Complement 6 Officers, 65 Enlisted
    Propulsion 8 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12 kts. at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    76 tons fuel oil
    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 gun mount
    2 twin 40mms
    4 single 20mms
    4 .50 cal MGs
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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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    NAB Little CreekUS NavyNaval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Faculty Staff)
      1944-1944, MO-0000, NAB Little Creek
      1944-1944, MO-0000, NAVSTA - NAVBASE - NAVFAC- NAB -NOB - NOS
      1944-1944, FN-0000, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Faculty Staff)
     Combat and Non-Combat Operations
      1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)1
      1945-1945 Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)/Battle of Mindanao
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