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USS LCI(L)-64 (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Oscar - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 18 August 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 4 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-64, 12 December 1942
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-64, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-64 / LCI(G)-64 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 and 4 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 31 August 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landing, 15 September 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 3 to 4 December 1943
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of Northern Solomon Islands, 28 April to 15 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landing, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-64 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 11 November 19459 September to 11 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 February 1947, fate unknown.
  • USS LCI(L)-64 / LCI(G)-64 earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 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 .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-65 273k Stern view of USS LCI(G)-65 and USS LCI(G)-64, at left, underway at Morotai in September 1944 during the Western New Guinea operation. Based on deck log information the two LCI(G)s in front of LCI(G)-65 may be USS LCI(G)-23) and USS LCI(G)-70 Dean Reid, USS LCI(G) Affiliate, National USSLCI Association
    NARA 80-G-181441
    376k USS LCI(G)-65 (near background) and USS LCI(G)-64 attack the area between White and Red Beach at Morotai, 15 September 1944 with other LCIs during the Western New Guinea operation.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-181441 and caption information from "American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II - A History of LCI and LCS(L) Ships in the Pacific" by Robin L. Rielly.
    Rob Rielly
    LCI(G)-64 145k USS LCI(G)-64 and USS LCI(R)-337 in dry dock at Subic Bay in August 1945 for repairs
    "USS LCI(G)-64 was dry docked in preparation for the Seventh Amphibious Force's 8 September 1945 landing at Jinsen, Korea. The landing force gathered at Okinawa and was forced to leave there early because of an oncoming typhoon. We sailed into the storm and the 64 lost her mast and radar antenna when one of the 70 ft waves broke over the ship. All the LSTs in the convoy had to tie welders out on deck to weld the deck plates that were splitting when, at the top of a wave, the ship's bow would extend out without any water under it. We reached Jinsen at night and the LSTs and LCIs anchored close to shore while the heavy ships all anchored much further out. That night all the ships anchored close to shore ended up high-and-dry because of the 28 ft tide fall. Good thing the Japs were surrendering and not shooting or we would have been in serious trouble" Frank LeTarte
    Frank M. LeTarte S1/c USNR USS LCI(G)-64

    The history for LCI(L)-64 / LCI(G)-64 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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