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USS LCI(L)-328

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

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 12 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-328, 31 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-328 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    For the New Georgia Campaign USS LCI(L)-328 came under the command of Landing Force Flotillas-SoPacFor;
    LCI Flotilla Five;
    LCI Group Fourteen; and
    For the Western New Guinea Campaign USS LCI(L)-328 came under the command of LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. Paul McD Smith, USN (1944) and CDR. Marion M. Byrd (1944-45) 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
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landings, 1 November 1943

  • Following World War II, USS LCI(L)-328 was reassigned to Commander Service Force, Pacific
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-328 earned three battle stars for service in WWII
  • Final Disposition, sold, 10 November 1945, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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
    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
    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
    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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    23,000k US troops stream ashore from USS LCI(L)-327
    USS LCI(L)-334,
    USS LCI(L)-330,
    USS LCI(L)-335,
    USS LCI(L)-328 and
    USS LCI(L)-336, between 30 June and 4 July 1943, to occupy Rendova Island in the drive by Marine and Army units which led to the capture of the Japanese air base at Munda Point. Rendova was then converted into an advanced base for further operations against Japanese strongholds in the Southwest Pacific.
    US National Archives Identifier 74250311 US Marine Corps photo Hdqtrs. No. 58041. June 30 - July 4 1943. National Archives ID 74250311.
    David Upton
    LCI(L)-328 644k USS LCI(L)-328, left and USS LCI(L)-336 at right, putting troops ashore at Rendova in the Solomon Islands, 4 July 1943.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-328 418k
    LCI(L)-335 90k From left to right, USS LCI(L)-335, USS LCI(L)-328 and USS LCI(L)-336 landing US troops and supplies at Rendova in the Solomon Islands, 4 July 1943.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-329 833k Rendova Beachhead, 4 July 1943. LCIs from left to right;
    USS LCI(L)-329,
    USS LCI(L)-334,
    USS LCI(L)-330,
    USS LCI(L)-335,
    USS LCI(L)-328 and
    USS LCI(L)-336
    NARA photo # 18-N-52690 a US Navy photo now in the US National Archives collection.
    Robert Morrissey, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-328/343 36k From left to right, USS LCI(L)-332, USS LCI(L)-335, and LCI(L)-328 embarking US troops and supplies at Rendova in the Solomon Islands in February 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Patricia Smith for her father-in-law, LTjg. Christopher J. Smith, USNR, CO USS LCI(FF)-575, XO USS LCI(L)-335

    The history for USS LCI(L)-328 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
    LCI Flotilla Twenty-Two History
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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