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USS LCI(L)-333

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

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX
  • Launched, 26 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-333, 24 November, 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-333 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five; and
    LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. McD Smith (1944) and CDR. Marion M. Byrd, USN (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, 30 June to 4 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 Aug. 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landings, 27 October 1943
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II, USS LCI(L)-333 was reassigned to Commander Philippine Sea Frontier
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, destroyed, 10 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-333 received the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 15 February 1945, and earned four battle stars for WWII service
    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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    133k LT. COL. Lester E. Brown, commander of 2nd Battalion, 103rd Infantry, gives last minute instructions to his officers before boarding USS LCI(L)-333 and USS LCI(L)-334, in the Russell Islands, June 1943. The troops in camouflage were about to be transported to Rendova Island.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter, the "Elsie Item", March 2020 issue
    Ardie Hunt
    174k USS LCI(L)-333 beached at Rendova Island, while disembarking Marines, June 1943.
    US National Archive ID # 74252365, a US Marine Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Upton
    LCI(L)-333 174k USS LCI(L)-333 crew photos, Manila, 1945. Charlie Paquette for Richard (Dick) Holcomb USS LCI(L)-333
    LCI(L)-333 173k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-333 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
    History of LCI Flotilla 22
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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