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USS LCI(L)-327


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Oscar
NJPO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding of Houston TX.
  • Launched, 12 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-327, 31 October 1942
  • During WWII USS LCI(L)-327 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    For the New Georgia Campaign USS LCI(L)-327 came under the command of Landing Force Flotillas-SoPacFor;
    LCI Flotilla Five;
    LCI Group Fourteen; and
    For the Okinawa Campaign USS LCI(L)-329, LTjg. M. G. Martin, USNR, in command, was under the command of;
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Folger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Five, LCDR. S. J. Kelley USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia - Rendova - Vangunu occupation, 4 July 1943
    Mine Sweeping Operations - Pacific
    Bungo - Suido (Honshu area), 22 September to 30 October 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945
     

  • USS LCI(L)-327 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.5 (Target Vessels - Landing Craft Units - LCI Group 7 (LCI GRU 7) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-327 earned three battle stars for WWII service
  • Final Disposition, used as a target for Operations Crossroads Atomic Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll, destroyed at Bascombe (Mek) Island, Kwajalein, 30 October 1947
    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)-327 38k USS LCI(L)-327 beached, with ramps down, date and location unknown. Kenneth Joyner for his father Walter E. Joyner GM1/c USS LCI(L)-327
    LCI(L)-327 37k USS LCI(L)-327 crew photo while she was beached, with ramps down, date and location unknown. Kenneth Joyner for his father Walter E. Joyner GM1/c USS LCI(L)-327
    LCI(L)-327 50k USS LCI(L)-327 crew eating in the well deck with a tarp over the top of the well deck to deflect the sun, date and location unknown. Kenneth Joyner for his father Walter E. Joyner GM1/c USS LCI(L)-327
    LCI(L)-327 45k USS LCI(L)-327 in a floating dry dock, sometime after 12 April 1945 (The death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt). Note the flag on the dry dock at half mast. Kenneth Joyner for his father Walter E. Joyner GM1/c USS LCI(L)-327
    LCI(L)-327 40k USS LCI(L)-327 in a floating dry dock, sometime after 12 April 1945 (The death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt). Note the flag on the dry dock at half mast. Kenneth Joyner for his father Walter E. Joyner GM1/c USS LCI(L)-327

    There is no DANFS history available for USS LCI(L)-327 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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