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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 28 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 22 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-26, 8 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-26 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Seven;
    LCI Group Nineteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 6 September 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 22 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3 January 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 27 December 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Salmi area operation, 17 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 1 June 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-26 earned four battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 9 October 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 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
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    five single 20mm guns, 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
    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)-26 175k A double line of U.S. soldiers pass supplies along from USS LCI(L)-26 on the beach of Woodlark Island, August 1943. Woodlark Island (aka Muyua) is 175 miles northeast of Milne Bay, New Guinea.
    Photo is from the June 2017 issue of USS National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item". It was an AP release, submitted in by Robert Wright, Jr.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-26 80k USS LCI(L)-26 beached in New Guinea, autumn 1943. "We painted a shark's mouth on the bow. At the time 'Tokyo Rose' made a remark on the radio saying that she welcomed us to New Guinea and that the shark's mouth made a good target for Japanese shore batteries!" Milt "Boats" Curcio USS LCI-26 Milt "Boats" Curcio BM2/c USS LCI(L)-26 to the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

    The history for USS LCI(L)-26 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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