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USS LCI(L)-330


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Mike
NJQM
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 22 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-330, 9 November 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-330 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    Landing Force Flotillas-SoPacFor;
    LCI Flotilla Five;
    LCI Group Fourteen; and
    For Minesweeping Operations, Pacific USS LCI(L)-330, ENS. J. C. Gale, USNR, in command, came 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
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    New Georgia-Group operations
    Rendova-Vangunu occupation 4 July and 15 August 1943
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Choiseul Island diversion, 26 October to 4 November 1943
    Minesweeping operations, Pacific
    Sasebo (Kyusau-Korea Area), 9 to 13 September 1945
    Tsushima Straits (Kyushu-Korea Area) 2 to 8 November 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-330 performed occupation service from 2 September to 14 December 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Sold, 10 November 1946, for commercial service
  • Renamed Siasconset (official #265851) and operated between Hyannis and Nantucket from 1954 to 1972, before going to the Great Lakes
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-330 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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)-330 240k USS LCI(L)-330 crew photo, date and location unknown. 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
    LCI(L)-329 833k Rendova Beachhead, 4 July 1943. LCIs from left to right;
    unknown;
    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)-330 1190k USS LCI(L)-330 landing infantry reinforcements, Co. E, 2nd Bn, 161st Inf, 25th Division, at New Georgia Island., 22 July 1943.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 186151, Box 199, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-330 191k New Zealanders board USS LCI(L)-330 at Guadalcanal, 25 October 1943, in preparation for a landing on Mono Island in the Treasury Islands. 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
    LCI(L)-330 183k
    LCI(L)-330 169k USS LCI(L)-330 at sea with New Zealand troops aboard heading to Mono Island, in the Treasury Islands, 26 October 1943. 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
    LCI(L)-330 297k USS LCI(L)-330 heading towards the beach during landings at Mono Island, in the Treasury Islands, 27 October 1943. 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
    LCI(L)-330 313k New Zealanders come ashore at Mono Island from USS LCI(L)-330, during landing operations, 27 October 1943. 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
    LCI(L)-330 327k
    LCI(L)-330 320k Troops unload USS LCI(L)-330 during landings at Mono Island, 27 October 1943. 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)-330 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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