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USS LCI(L)-80 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Foxtrot - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 5 October 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched 6 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-80, 15 January 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-80, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-80 / LCI(G)-80 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three, CDR R. Eikel Jr.;
    LCI Group Nine, LCDR. C.J. Starkus;
    LCI Division Eighteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Aleutians operations
    Invasion of Kiska, 15 August 1943
    Tinian capture and occupation
    24 to 28 July 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 3 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCI(L)-80 / LCI(G)-80 received six battle stars for World War II service in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation as a member of LCI(G) Flotilla 3 (31 January to 28 July 1944) for Occupation of Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands and Capture and occupation of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas
    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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    223k USS LCI(G)-80 carrying men and supplies from the transports and cargo ships off shore comes ashore on the beach at Iwo Jima, 25 March 1945.
    US National Archives Identifier 193849359, US Army Air Corps photo # 70331A.C.
    David Upton
    LCI(L)-80 73k USS LCI(G)-80 lies alongside USS LCI(G)-449 as they enter USS ABSD-6 at Guam, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-80 92k USS LCI(G)-80 lies alongside USS LC(FF)-368 as they enter USS ABSD-6, at Guam, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret.
    Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc,
    courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian

    The history for USS LCI(L)-80 / LCI(G)-80 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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