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USS LCI(L)-68 (1942 - 1944
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Victor - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 1 September 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
Launched, 11 October 1942
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-68, 17 December 1942
During World War II USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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|New Georgia Group operations
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June 1943
Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, 4 to 5 February; 18 to 19 February; 28 April to 15 June 1944
Mindoro landings 12 to 18 December 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing - 4 to 18 January 1945
|Western New Guinea operations
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-68, 15 June 1944
Decommissioned, date unknown, at San Diego, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 5 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
Speed 16 kts (max.), 14 kts maximum continuous
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
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
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
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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||USS LCI(G)-68 casting off or coming alongside, date and location unknown.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie
Item", September 1998 issue. Photo courtesy Leo Janetis BM3/c.
||USS LCI(G)-68 moored outboard of USS LST-49 at Shanghai, China, 22 to 29 September 1945.
||Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49
The history for USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 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
Last Updated 4 October 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|