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USS LCI(L)-66 (1942 - 1945)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

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)-66, 14 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-66 / LCI(G)-66 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 July 1943
    Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings 17 to 23 April 1945
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, 28 April to 15 June 1944
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation; 26 June to 7 July 1945

  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-66, 15 June 1944;
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-66 / LCI(G)-66 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 December 1946, fate unknown
    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
    6 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
    Diesel 130 tons
    lube oil 200 gal
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-66 58k Caption: "Nope, we weren't Battleship Sailors!" - Don Hawley on the 20 mm gun aboard USS LCI(G) 66 wearing his normal uniform consisting of cut off dungarees and cut-down boots - period.
    Photo is from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", March 2002, courtesy of Don Hawley, QM2/c USS LCI(G) 66.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-66 / LCI(G)-66 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
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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