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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, 29 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 26 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-27, 8 December 1942, LTjg. Richard B. Perkins, USNR in command
  • 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 in April 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-27 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)-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
    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 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 Gili, New Guinea to Buna, New Guinea.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 054595
    Mike Green
    379k USS LCI(L)-27 casts off and heads toward the beach at Saidor, New Guinea in January 1944.
    "Landing at Saidor" January 1944. Photographer Myron Davis. Life Magazine. TimeLife_image_116344115
    David Upton
    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
    335k USS LCI(L)-27 is making her approach to the beach in the background as USS LCI(L)-30 is putting troops of second wave ashore at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea, 17 May 1944. Here, stretcher bearers are wading through the surf.
    US National Archives Identifier 205586901, Local Identifier 26-G-2288, US Coast Guard photo # 2288.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and
    David Upton
    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
    106k USS LCI(L)-27 disembarking troops, date and location unknown Mike Arciero for his father-in-law LTjg. Albert J McGoogan, USNR CO USS LCI(L)-27
    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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Perkins, Richard B., USNR8 December 1942 - December 1943
    02LTjg. Hibbard, Howard G., USNRDecember 1943 - September 1944
    03LTjg. Johnson, Elston L., USNRSeptember 1944 - December 1944
    04LTjg. Gardner, Edwin R., USNRDecember 1944 - June 1945
    05ENS. McGoogan, Albert J., USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    06LTjg. Maconi, Richard C., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    07ENS Lund, Charles R., USNRMarch 1946 - April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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