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USS LCI(G)-345
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USS LCI(L)-345 (1943 - 1944)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Guam-18 July 1944 and Okinawa-19 February 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (3-WIA, 18 July 1944 at Guam)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 October 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 2 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-345, 22 January 1943, LTjg. H. M. Smith USNR (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-345, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-345 / LCI(G)-345 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three, CDR R. Eikel Jr.;
    LCI Group Nine, LCDR. C.J. Starkus;
    LCI Division Eighteen and participated in the:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation;
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Iwo Jima operation;
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
    Marianas operation;
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 16 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 17 to 21 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 30 June 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation
    24 to 28 July 1944
     

  • Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, date unknown
  • Sold and delivered 9 January 1948 to Mill Basin Ship Repair Co, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-345 / LCI(G)-345 received five battle stars for World War II service in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation as a member of LCI(G) Flotilla 3 (31 January to 28 July 1944) for Occupation of Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands and Capture and occupation of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t. (landing), 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    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
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 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
    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
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 800 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(G)-345 103k USS LCI(G)-345 off Guam, Mariana Islands, 18 July 1944, alongside USS Honolulu (CL-48) to transfer W.J. Williams S1/c (on stretcher), H.I. Smith GM3/c and R.L. Jones CO for treatment of shrapnel wounds suffered as part of Flotilla 3, Group 8, ships giving fire support for UDTs preparing Guam beaches for invasion four days before D-Day. US Navy photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2005 Calendar, courtesy Jim Wollard Ardie Hunt
    LCI(G)-345 100k USS LCI(G)-345 off Guam, Mariana Islands, 18 July 1944, pulls away from alongside USS Honolulu (CL-48) after transferring W.J. Williams S1/c, H.I. Smith GM3/c and R.L. Jones CO for treatment of shrapnel wounds suffered as part of Flotilla 3, Group 8, ships giving fire support for UDTs preparing Guam beaches for invasion four days before D-Day. US National Archives photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2007 Calendar, courtesy Bill Ringle Ardie Hunt
    LCI(G)-345/346 79k USS LCI(G)-345 and USS LCI(G)-346 entering USS ABSD-1 at Guam after the Iwo Jima landings, circa May 1945. LCI(G)-346 sustained several hits and lost her mast. USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    Courtesy Leonard Martin USS LCI(G)-346

    The history for LCI(L)-345 / LCI(G)-345 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

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