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USS LCI(L)-74 (1943 - 1945)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (10) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 8 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-74, 2 January 1943
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Rockets LCI(R)-74, 10 July 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-74 / LCI(R)-74 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 September 1943, and 9 to 13 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3 January 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 12 October to 29 November 1944
    Asiatic-Pacific Raids
    Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid, 22 September 1943
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 25 to 27 December 1943
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 3 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 18 to 19 March 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 28 May, and 29 May to 1 June 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Nasugbu, 31 January to 2 February 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-74 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September to 14 October 194529 September to 14 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 8 March 1948
  • Sold for conversion to a towboat, Official Number (258900), date unknown
  • Purchased by Tidewater Barge Line's, Vancouver, WA., renamed Beulah H. Russell;
  • Current Disposition, believed to be in commercial service on the Columbia and Snake Rivers'
  • USS LCI(L)-74 / LCI(R)-74 earned ten 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"
    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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    LCI(L)-74 809k Men of the 1st Battalion, 183rd Infantry embarking aboard USS LCI(L)-74 at Aitape, New Guinea, circa 15 to 18 May 1944.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-252868 from the collections of the US National Archives
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-74 63k LCI(R)-74 firing rockets, date and place unknown. One of the best known photos of a rocket-firing LCI. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 2002. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-74 168k LCI(R)-74 firing rockets at Brunei Bay, Borneo, 10 June 1945. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", July 2013. Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-74 / LCI(R)-74 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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