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USS LCI(L)-23 (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Hotel - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Rendova Island, Solomons, 7 July 1943 - Leyte landing, October-November 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (Rendova Island, Solomons 2-KIA, 3-WIA - 7 July 1943; Leyte 10-KIA, 24 WIA)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 23 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 14 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-23, 8 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-23 / LCI(G)-23 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    Landing Force Flotillas-SoPacFor;
    LCI Flotilla Five;
    LCI Group Fourteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia, Rendova, Vanguau occupation, 4 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
    Consolidation of the Solomon Island
    Consolidation of Northern Solomon Islands. 25-26 March, 28-30 March, 28 April to 15 June 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operations
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 29 November 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landing 15 September 1943

  • Redesignated Landing Craft Guns LCI(G)-23, 15 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-23 / USS LCI(G)-23 earned five battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 March 1948 Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 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
    five single 20mm gun mounts, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-23 87k USS LCI(L)-23, USS LCI(L)-24, USS LCI(L)-65 and USS LCI(L)-63 beached on Rendova Island in the Solomons, 7 July 1943, being unloaded after a bombing raid. A bomb hit between the 24 and 65 which caused the ships to list and come to rest on the bottom. USS LCI(L)-24 lost 2 dead and 3 wounded. Survivors spent an uneasy night in foxholes on the beach watching the gunfire flare from the Naval Battle of Kula Gulf. Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 Calendar, courtesy Lou Plant SM1/c, USS LCI(L)-24. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-23 184k USS LCI(G)-23 during amphibious operations in the Solomons, Russells and New Guinea areas of operation in 1943-44.
    Photos by LT. Lawrence S. Palmer, 43rd Division Artillery, Dental Corps
    David Palmer
    LCI(L)-23 189k
    LCI(L)-23 311k
    196k USS LCI(G)-23 passing under the Golden Gate Bridge while entering San Francisco Bay in the fall of 1945.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86177 from the collections of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum and the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 2006 issue.
    Darryl Baker and Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-23 / LCI(G)-23 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

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