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USS LCI(L)-325


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Whiskey
NJOW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944 - Invasion of Normandy)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LCI(L)-325 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Corp, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 29 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-325, 12 February 1943, at Orange, TX., LT William V. Lorimer, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-325 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotillas Four and Ten, CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG in command and subsequently was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 30 June 1945
    Sicilian occupation, 9 July 1943 Minesweeping operations - Pacific
    Wakanoura Kii (Honshu area), 12 to 24 September 1945
    Klondike (East China Sea- Ryukyus Area), 26 October to 8 November 1945
    Salerno landings, 9 September 1943  
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(L)-325 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch, USCG;
    LCI Group One Hundred Three, LCDR. B. A. Walliser, USCGR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Six
  • Following the War she proceeded to Wakayama and Sasebo, Japan for Mine Destruction duty followed by occupation service from 2 September to 8 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-325 earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 December 1946, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    Armament
    five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-5 448k USS LCI(L)-5 crew being briefed on coming operations (Normandy invasion - 6 June 1944). USS LCI(L)-3 is on their left and USS LCI(L)-4 on their right. Also, in the background across from them are USS LCI(L)-325, USS LCI(L)-326, and USS LCI(L)-8.
    Photo from the May 2014 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item:, courtesy of Robert Wright Jr.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-5 131k USS LCI(L)-325's stern is visible in this photo as one of USS LCI(L)-5's 20mm gun crews provide a demonstration for two War Correspondents shortly before D-Day, 6 June 1944. Photo by the famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Leo Maragni to the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    LCI(L)-325 96k USS LCI(L)-325, USS LCI(L)-350, USS LCI(L)-326 and an unidentified LCI(L) of the Coast Guard Flotilla await orders in an English port prior the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944.
    Image is a frame from an unknown film documentary.
    Paulo Soukup
    LCI(L)-4 119k A convoy of Landing Craft Infantry (Large) sails across the English Channel toward the Normandy Invasion beaches on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Each of these landing craft is towing a barrage balloon for protection against low-flying German aircraft. Among the LCI(L)s present are USS LCI(L)-325 and USS LCI(L)-4.
    US National Archives photo # 26-G-2333 from the National Archives US Coast Guard Collection
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-325 377k USS LCI(L)-325, and USS LCI(L)-350 with other LCIs returning to the U.S. after war service in European waters in 1944-45.
    US National Archives, Photo # 26-G-2992, a US Coast Guard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    The history for USS LCI(L)-325 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lorimer, William V. USCGR12 February 1943 - 29 November 1944
    02LT. Clingman, W. F. USCGR29 November 1944 - 7 January 1946
    03LTjg. Gust, J D., USCGR7 January 1946 - 8 March 1946
    04ENS. Pardis, William H. USCG8 March 1946 - 31 May 1946
    Courtesy US Coast Guard Historian's Office

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-325

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