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USS LCI(R)-341
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USS LCI(L)-341 (1942 - 1945)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Personnel Awards

Navy Cross - LTjg Walter R. Rolf Commanding Officer USS LCI(L)-341. 6 September 1943 (posthumously)
Silver Star - Peterson PHM1/c and Fosse QM3/c, 16 February 1945
Bronze Star - Rutledge RM3/c, 16 February 1945
Purple Heart - LTjg Rolf, KIA 6 September 1943, Peterson PHM1/c, Fosse QM3/c and Rutledge RM3/c, WIA 16 February 1945

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 3 October 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched , 7 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-341, 26 December 1942. LTjg. Walter R. Rolf in command
  • During WWII USS LCI(L)-341 was assigned to 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 September 1943
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Mariveles - Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 12 October to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landing, 26 to 28 March 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 19 to 13 March 1945 and 17 to 23 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
     

  • USS LCI(L)-341 was converted to a Landing Craft Rockets in January 1944 but not officially redesignated LCI(R)-341 until 10 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold 2 December 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-341 earned five 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)-341 763k From left to right:
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    beached in the Philippine Islands after a day of invasion practice, date and location unknown.
    Harry W. Ritzel CMOMM USS LCI(L)-341
    LCI(L)-341 132k LTjg Robert Rolf, Skipper of USS LCI(L)-341, and another American officer (far right) pose with troops of the Australian 9th Division (called "The Rats of Tobruk" in Africa) at Buna, New Guinea 2 or 3 September 1943. On 4 September 1943, as USS LCI(L)-341 approached the Lae, New Guinea landings with these troops, they were strafed by Japanese planes and took a direct hit from a bomb, killing many of the troops. They were able to hit the beach and unload the remaining troops and crew, but LCI(L)-341 would be out of commission for the next 13 months.
    A US National Archives photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", February 2009 issue, courtesy Dennis Blocker.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-341 79k USS LCI(L)-341 at Tacloban, Leyte Gulf in August 1944 while outfitting the ship with new rocket racks in preparation for the invasion of Japan. Photos by Robert W. Van Keuren
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    LCI(L)-341 185k USS LCI(L)-341 officers, circa early-September 1944, Philippine Islands. Photos by Robert W. Van Keuren
    LCI(L)-341 225k USS LCI(L)-341 ship's cook, circa early September 1944, Philippine Islands. Note the rocket launching rack. Photos by Robert W. Van Keuren
    USS LCI(R)-341
    LCI(L)-341 61k USS LCI(R)-341 pounds the Leyte beaches with rockets during the Leyte landings, in October 1944. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", August 2008 issue. A US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-341 137k USS LCI(R)-341 at anchor at Tacloban, Leyte Gulf, Philippines Island, on V-J Day 2 September 1945. Photo by Robert W. Van Keuren
    LCI(L)-341 132k USS LCI(R)-341 at anchor at Tacloban, Leyte Gulf, Philippines Island, on V-J Day 2 September 1945. Photo by Robert W. Van Keuren

    The history for USS LCI(L)-341 / LCI(R)-341 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)

    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Rolf, Walter R.26 December 1942 - 6 September 1943 (KIA)
    02LTjg. Wallin Norman6 September 1943 - 12 August 1945
    03LTjg. Van Keuren, Robert W. USNR12 August 1945 - 6 February 1945

    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
    A Brief History Brief History of the USS LCI(R) 341 by LTjg. Robert W. Van Keuren, last C.O. of LCI(R)-341
    A History of LCI(L)-341 / LCI(R)-341, as told by crew member Leonard Ruffin
    Search and Rescue The search for survivors after the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944
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