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USS LCI(G)-31 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-31 (1942-1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Yankee - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (5) - China Service Medal 9extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Silver Star (LT. Thomas J. Morrissey CO LCI(R)-31)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 8 October 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-31, 31 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-31 / LCI(G)-31 / LCI(R)-31 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the 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
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 12 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 December 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 27 December 1943
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen landing, 9 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 7 to 11 June 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 1 July 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Toem-Wakde-Sarni operation, 17 to 19 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 May, to 3 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 3 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 to 31 July 1944
    Morotai landings, 6 to 22 September 1944

  • Redesignated Landing Craft (Gunboat) LCI(G)-31, 15 June 1944
  • Redesignated Landing Craft (Rockets) LCI(R)-31, 10 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-19 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September to 6 October 194529 September to 6 October 1945

  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-31 / LCI(G)-31 earned seven battle stars for World War II service and was awarded five Navy Unit Commendations for the:
    (a) Western New Guinea operation, 18 May to 22 September 1944
    (b) Leyte landings, 20 October and 12 November 1944
    (c) Ormoc landings, 7 December 1944
    (d) Lingayen landing, 9 January 1945
    (e) Borneo operation, 7 June 1945
  • Final Disposition, destroyed, 13 February 1946
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft 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
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(R) Complement
    3 Officers
    31 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 .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 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(G)-31 62k USS LCI(G)-31 beached at Samar Island, Philippines, November 1944. Crew members Adams, Hummel and Kastner on the bow. Photo by Harold MacCombie USS LCI(G)-21
    LCI(R)-31 97k USS LCI(R)-31, USS LCI(R)-34, USS LCI(R)-73 and three unidentified LCIs beached at Townsville, Australia while loading troops, probably for the Borneo operation in June 1945. Peter Dunn

    The history for LCI(L)-31 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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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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