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Lost to enemy action, 4 April 1945

USS LCI(L)-82 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Uniform - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 4 April 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in October 1942 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched in December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-82, 20 January 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) USS LCI(G)-82, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-82 / USS LCI(G)-82 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three, CDR. R. Eikel USNR;
    LCI Group Seven, LCDR. J. F. McFadden USN (35);
    LCI Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation;
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation and Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February - 2 March 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation;
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Marianas operation;
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 5 April 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation
    24 to 28 July 1944

  • Lost by enemy action, 4 April 1945, at Okinawa
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-82 / USS LCI(G)-82 earned five 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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    LCI(L)-82 356k USS LCI(L)-82 being hauled out of the water by her stern onto seaplane ramp #2 at Naval Operating Base Kodiak, AK. in August 1943 for repairs to her hull. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) Ret, Secretary AFMM LCI713, Curator Save the PT Boat Inc PT658.
    LCI(L)-82 229k
    LCI(L)-82 272k Two views of USS LCI(L)-82 propellers while hauled out of the water at Naval Operating Base Kodiak, AK. in August 1943 for repairs to her hull. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) Ret, Secretary AFMM LCI713, Curator Save the PT Boat Inc PT658.
    LCI(L)-82 653k
    LCI(L)-82 370k USS LCI(L)-82 moored outboard of a nest of LCI(L)s at Naval Operating Base Kodiak, AK. in August 1943. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) Ret, Secretary AFMM LCI713, Curator Save the PT Boat Inc PT658.
    LCI-77 103k From left to right USS LCI(L)-78, USS LCI(L)-77, LCI(L)-82 and USS LCI(L)-81 at Amchitka Harbor, AK. in readiness for the 15 August 1943 invasion of Kiska Island. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-82 110k USS LCI(L)-82 landing the Canadian 13th Brigade on Kiska Island circa 15 August 1943. Public Archives of Canada photo PA163409. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-82 369k "All Hands" Magazine article describing the sinking of USS LCI(G)-82 while on picket duty off Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 4 April 1945. James E. Mertz for his father Edward H. Mertz MoMM3/c USS LCI(G)-79

    The history for LCI(L)-82 / LCI(G)-82 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
    Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
    Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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