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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 7 July 1943)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 7 August 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
Launched, 27 September 1942
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-63, 16 November 1942
During World War II USS LCI(L)-63 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Five;
LCI Group Fourteen and
LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. Paul McD Smith, USN (1944) and CDR. Marion M. Byrd (1944-45), USN
and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
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|New Georgia Group operations
New Georgia-Rendova-Vanguau occupation, 4 July 1943
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 31 August 1943
|Western New Guinea operations
Morotai landing, 15 September 1944
|Treasury Islands-Bougainville operation
Treasury Island landings, 6 November 1943
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, 28 April to 15 June 1944
Following the end of World War II, USS LCI(L)-63 was assigned to Commander Philippine Sea Frontier
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS LCI(L)-63 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 3 December 1945, 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
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
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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||USS LCI(L)-23, USS LCI(L)-24, USS LCI(L)-65 and USS LCI(L)-63 beached on Rendova Island in the Solomons, 7 July 1943, while being unloaded after a bombing raid. A bomb hit between the 24 and 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.
||USS LCI(L)-63 beached at Bougainville, British Solomon Islands, 23 November 1943.
US Navy photos from the US Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA.
|John Ratomski for his father John Joseph Ratomski S1c 6th Special Naval Construction Battalion
||USS LCI(L)-63 packed to the gills with USS Astoria (CL-90) sailors headed for liberty on Mog Mog, 30 January 1945.
US Navy photo by Herman Schnipper USS Astoria.
|Mighty Ninety - The Home page of USS Astoria (CL-90)
The history for LCI(L)-63 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
History of LCI Flotilla 22
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 21 September 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|