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USS LCI(L)-27


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Yankee
NZRY
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, 29 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 26 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-27, 9 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-27 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign 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 operation
    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, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 9 October 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-27 earned four battle stars for WWII service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    Speed
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    Complement
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)-72 54k USS LCI(L)-27 enroute to Guam, date unknown. Photo from USS LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", April 2005 issue. Photo courtesy of Richard C. Maconi Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-72 188k USS LCI(L)-27 crew member Richard Maconi aboard ship, date and location unknown. Photo from USS LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", April 2005 issue. Photo courtesy of Richard C. Maconi USS LCI(L)-27 Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-72
    054585
    51k Troops of the 29th Australian Infantry Brigade, 5th Australian Division loading stores aboard USS LCI(L)-27, 15 July 1943, prior to their move from Gili Gili, New Guinea to Buna, New Guinea.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No.'s 054585 and 054590
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-72
    054590
    36k
    LCI(L)-72 70k Troops of the 29th Australian Infantry Brigade, 5th Australian Division embarking in USS LCI(L)-27, 15 July 15 1943, as part of their move from Gili Gil, New Guinea to Buna, New Guinea.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 054595
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-72 72k US Marines disembark from USS LCI(L)-27 and USS LCI(L)-226 probably during a practice landing prior to the landing at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26-27 December 1943.
    Life-Time photo from "Life" issue of March 27, 1944.
    Ardie Hunt for his father
    Arden L. Hunt SM3/c USS LCI(L)-72
    LCI(L)-72 57k USS LCI(L)-27 in drydock at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines in early 1945. Note the imaginative use of standard 5x8x5 steel "cubes" bolted together to form a drydock. The cubes were also used to form other assemblies such as motor-driven yard barges, floating docks and floating platforms for quonset huts. Photo from USS LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", August 2005 issue. Photo courtesy of Richard C. Maconi USS LCI(L)-27 Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-72 215k USS LCI(L)-27 crew photo, date and location unknown. Wally Thomas

    The history for LCI(L)-27 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
    Newsreel - "Allied Forces take Hollandia New Guinea"
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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