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USS LCI(R)-331
USS LCI(L)-331 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at Brown Ship Building Co. Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 24 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-331, 16 November 1942
  • USS LCI(L)-331 was redesignated Landing Ship Infantry (Rocket) LCI(R)-331, 10 July 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-331 / LCI(R)-331 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    Vella Lavella occupation 15 August 1943
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 7 July 1945
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 1 November 1943
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 3 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 18 and 19 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings 12 October to 29 November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January to 2 February 1945
    Carabao Island, Manila Bay, 16 April 1945
    Luzon operation Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 16 January 1945  
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 December 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-331 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(R) Complement
    3 Officers
    31 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 .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 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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    LCI(L)-326 132k USS LCI(L)-331 off Palawan Island, circa 28 February to 3 March 1945 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 LCI(L)-331 / LCI(R)-331 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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