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USS LCI(L)-71 (1942 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 September 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 25 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-71, 29 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-71 / LCI(R)-71 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 6, 9 to 13 and 22 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3 January 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 27 December 1943
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 28 February 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Borneo operations
    Tarakan Island operation; 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 12 October to 29 November 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-71 was redesignated Landing Craft Rockets LCI(R)-71, 10 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-71 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 to 25 October 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-71 / LCI(R)-71 earned seven battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    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(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(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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    399k USS LCI(L)-74, USS LCI(L)-72 and USS LCI(L)-71 moored together with other LCIs at Saidor, New Guinea in January 1944.
    Life Magazine. TimeLife_image_116344113 by Myron Davis.
    David Upton
    LCI(L)-341 763k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-340
    USS LCI(L)-338
    USS LCI(L)-341
    USS LCI(L)-71
    USS LCI(L)-337
    beached in the Philippine Islands after a day of invasion practice, date and location unknown.
    Harry W. Ritzel CMOMM USS LCI(L)-341

    The history for USS LCI(L)-71 / LCI(R)-71 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
    Search and Rescue - The search for survivors after the Battle off Samar", 25 October 1944
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