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USS LCI(L)-24 (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 4 July 1943) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (2 KIA, 4 WIA, 4 July 1943) (See Action Report dated 8 July 1943)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 24 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 15 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-24, 8 December 1942, LTjg. R. E. Ward, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-24 / LCI(G)-24 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
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia, Rendova, Vanguau occupation, 30 June, 4 July 1943
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 25 April 1945
    Treasury-Bougainville operations
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Borneo operations;
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 7 July 1945
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of Northern Solomon Islands. 14-15 April, 28 April to 15 June 1944

  • Redesignated Landing Craft Guns LCI(G)-24, 15 June 1944;
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-24 / LCI(G)-24 earned five battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 December 1946, fate unknown
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10"aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward 5' 11" aft
    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
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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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, 4 July 1943, being unloaded after a bombing raid. A bomb hit between LCI(L)-24 and LCI(L)-65 which caused the ships to list and come to rest on the bottom. 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)-222 514k USS LCI(L)-24, USS LCI(L)-222, USS LCI(L)-334 and USS LST-485 load New Zealand troops of the 3rd Division Brigade, 25 October 1943, for a landing at Mono Island in the Treasury Island Group. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-23 85k LCI(L)-24 landing the New Zealand 3rd Division Brigade on heavily defended Mono Island in the Treasury Island Group, 27 October 1943. Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2005 Calendar, courtesy Lou Plant SM1/c, USS LCI(L)-24. Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-24 / LCI(G)-24 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
    Commander USS LCI(L)-24 Action Report - July 4, 1943 to 6 July 1943, dated 8 July 1943
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