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USS LCI(R)-340
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USS LCI(L)-340 (1942 - 1945)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 1 October 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 31 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-340, 12 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-340 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 6 and 9 to 13 September 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 22 September 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 12 October to 29 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 and 27 December 1943
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Mariveles - Corregidor, 15 to 28 February 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landing, 26 to 28 March 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 13 to 16 March 1945, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 28 May 1944, 29 May to 1 June 1944
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation; 27 April to 5 May 1945

  • USS LCI(L)-340 was redesignated Landing Craft Rockets LCI(R)-340, 10 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-340 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September to 31 October 194529 September to 31 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold 5 December 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-340 earned eight battle stars for WWII service
    Specifications:
    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
    Speed
    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
    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)-340 66k Troops of the 29th Australian Infantry Brigade, 5th Australian Division loading stores aboard USS LCI(L)-340, 15 July 1943 at Gili Gili, New Guinea. The Brigade was moving from Gili Gili to Buna.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 054588
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-342 241k USS LCI(L)-72, USS LCS(L)-340 and USS LCI(L)-342 beached while embarking troops of the 1st Bn, 163rd Rgt, 16 May 1944, bound for Tor River New Guinea. as part of the Western New Guinea campaign. 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)-70 857k USS LCI(L)-72, USS LCI(L)-340 and USS LCI(L)-342 beached at Aitape, New Guinea, circa 16 May 1944, while loading men of the 1st Battalion 163rd Infantry bound for Tor River New Guinea. as part of the Western New Guinea campaign. Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-340 83k USS LCI(L)-340 landing troops at Wadke Island, New Guinea, 17 May 1944 Bill Freeman USS LCI(L)-340
    LCI(L)-340 96k USS LCI(L)-340 putting troops ashore at Wadke Island, New Guinea, 17 May 1944.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    LCI(L)-340 73k USS LCI(L)-340 embarking troops, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-340 60k USS LCI(L)-340 underway in convoy heading for Leyte invasion, October 1944. Bill Freeman LCI(L)-340
    LCI(L)-340 39k USS LCI(L)-340 off Leyte, 20 October 1944
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-341 763k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-340
    USS LCI(L)-338
    USS LCI(L)-340
    USS LCI(L)-71
    USS LCI(L)-337
    beached in the Philippine Islands after a day of invasion practice, date and location unknown.
    Harry W. Ritzel CMOMM USS LCI(L)-341

    The history for USS LCI(L)-340 / LCI(R)-340 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
    Search and Rescue - The search for survivors after the Battle off Samar", 25 October 1944
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