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USS LCI(L)-332

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Echo
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, at Brown Ship Building, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 26 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-332, 17 November 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-332 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    Landing Force Flotillas-SoPacFor;
    LCI Flotilla Five;
    LCI Group Fourteen; and
    For Okinawa and Minesweeping Operations, Pacific USS LCI(L)-332, 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
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June and 4 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 1 November 1943
    Minesweeping operations - Pacific
    Wakanoura Kii (Honshu area), 13 to 24 September 1945
    Skagway (East China Sea-Ryukyus area), 27 October to 5 November 1945

  • USS LCI(L)-332 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from, 2 September to 14 December 1945
  • USS LCI(L)-332 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)-332 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, used as a target for Operations Crossroads Atomic Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll, scuttled off Kwajalein, 28 September 1947
    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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    LCI(L)-332 6k USS LCI(L)-332 beached, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-332 73k USS LCI(L)-332 crew photo at Florida Island, June 1943.
    Bottom Row - left to right
    Vergil Pederson - S1/c - MN.
    Roy Wilks - Phm1/c - S.C.
    Scott Welch - QM3/c - OK.
    Joseph Laurer F2/c - Sterling, CO.
    Middle Row - left to right
    Jay Walker - MoMM3/c - S.C.
    Joe Zawislak - MoMM3/c - Pittsburgh, PA.
    Clyde Meridith MoMM3/c - Haines City, FL.
    Top Row - left to right
    J.D. Walker - F1/c - Louisville, KY.
    William (Molly) Mulligan F1/c - MN.
    James Henry Brooks SM1/c - Pittsburgh, PA.
    Johnny Prehara Cox(BM2/c - IL.
    Harold E. Hogan SC2/c - OH.
    Joel Listured S1/c - MN.
    Torrence Sheets MoMM3/c CA.
    Roland Crookshank GM2/c - WVA.
    Harold E. Hogan USS LCI(L)-332
    LCI(L)-332 96k USS LCI(L)-332 crew photo at Florida Island, June 1943.
    Bottom Row - left to right
    Marty Broverman EM2/c - CA.
    George Rodgers CMoMM - PA.
    Joe Zawislak MoMM2/c - Pittsburgh, PA.
    Robert Sheehan EM3/c - MI.
    Top Row - left to right
    Frank Durnat MoMM2/c - Brodenton, FL.
    J.D. Walker MoMM3/c S.C.
    William (Molly) Mulligan F1/c - MN.
    Harold E. Hogan USS LCI(L)-332
    LCI(L)-332 78k USS LCI(L)-332 crew photo at Florida Island, June 1943.
    Bottom Row - left to right
    Jonny Prehara BM2/c - IL.
    James Wheatley BM2/c - Pittsburgh, PA.
    Top Row - left to right
    Scott Walch EM3/c - OK.
    Patrick Henry Weaner S2/c - Detroit, MI.
    Harold E. Hogan USS LCI(L)-332
    LCI(L)-332 80k USS LCI(L)-332 crew photo at Florida Island, June 1943.
    Bottom Row - left to right
    Robert Sheehan EM3/c MI.
    Johnny Odgers BM2/c - WA.
    Tony Ritz (Chico) SM3/c CA.
    Top Row - left to right - Jack Dale Boyenton QM2/c - MI.
    Roland Crookshank GM2/c - WVA.
    Edward (Eddie) Karpinen RM2/c - MA.
    Robert E. Hoger SM3/c - PA.
    Joel Listured S1/c - MN.
    Harold E. Hogan USS LCI(L)-332
    LCI(L)-328/343 36k From left to right, USS LCI(L)-332, USS LCI(L)-335, and USS 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)-332 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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