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USS LCI(G)-21
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USS LCI(L)-21 (1942 - 1945)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)


LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942 at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, in November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-21, 8 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-21 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Consolidation of the Solomon Island
    Consolidation on Northern Solomon Islands. 15-16 April, 28 April to 15 June, 1-2 May, 4-13 May, and 15 June 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    New Georgia Group Operations
    New Georgia, Rendova, Vanguau occupation, 30 June 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
    Borneo Operations
    Balikpapan operations, 26 June to 7 July 1945
    Treasury-Bougianville Operations
    Treasury Island landing, 1 November, 29 November 1943
     

  • Redesignated Landing Craft Guns LCI(G)-21, 15 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-21 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 9 October to 11 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-21 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 November 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    Light 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10"aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward 5' 11" aft
    Speed
    6 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Cargo Capacity 75 tons
    Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
    Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    LCI(L) Armament
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 130 tons
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    The history for LCI(L)-21 / LCI(G)-21 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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