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USS LCI(L)-350


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Xray - Hotel
NJXH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LCI(L)-350 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 14 November 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Corp, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-350, 4 February 1943, at Orange, TX., LT. Robert J. Read, USCG, in command
  • USS LCI(L)-350 was assigned to the Europe- Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Four and
    LCI Flotilla Ten
    LCI Group Twenty-Nine
    LCI Division Fifty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operation, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 September 1943
    USS LCI(L)-350 proceeded to Plymouth, England in late October 1943 for training in preparation for the invasion of Normandy
    Sicilian occupation, 9 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy
    landed troops on Utah Beach, 6 June 1944 and brought more troops from England in subsequent trips.

  • USS LCI(L)-350 departed Falmouth, England 5 October 1944, for Charleston, S.C. and a period of overhaul and repair.
  • USS LCI(L)-350 was assigned a new crew and subsequently reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, LCI Flotilla 35
  • She proceeded to Little Creek, VA. for further overhaul and amphibious training at Solomon Island, MD.
  • Departed Norfolk, 26 December 1944, for San Diego via Key West and Canal Zone
  • Arriving at San Diego, 24 January 1945, USS LCI(L)-350 was attached to Commander, Training Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet for training and final availability at the Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA.
  • Departed San Diego, 3 April 1945, for Okinawa via Peal Harbor, Guam, Eniwetok and Ulithi, arriving, 29 May 1945 at Kerama Rhetto
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI)L)-350 was assigned to:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch, USCG;
    LCI Group One Hundred-Three, LCDR. B. A. Walliser, USCGR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 8 September 1945 - assigned to making smoke screens for larger vessels
    Following the War USS LCI(L)-350 proceeded to Wakayama, Japan for Occupation duty and Mine Destruction duty and participated in following campaigns:
    Minesweeping Operations - Pacific
    Wakanoura-Kii (Honshu Area), 11 to 27 September 1945
    Skagway (East China Sea-Ryukyu area), 27 October to 1 November 1945
    damage by a typhoon grounded 17-18 September 1945

  • USS LCI(L)-350 departed Wakayama, 21 December 1945, for San Pedro, CA. via Kagoshima, Saipan, Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor, arriving, 14 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-350 earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 23 June 1947, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 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
    Complement
    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
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 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)-85 650k Coast Guard manned LCI Flotilla Four LCI's USS LCI(L)-85, USS LCI(L)-86, USS LCI(L)-91, USS LCI(L)-350, USS Warbler (ARS-11), USS Willet (ARS-12) and the Stevedoring Barge YS-103 moored at Trumbo Point, Key West, FL., 6-7 March 1943. The LCIs were enroute to Europe from their builder in Texas.
    Wright Langley Collection. Image from Flickr courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00042465x.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-325 96k USS LCI(L)-325, USS LCI(L)-350, USS LCI(L)-326 and an unidentified LCI(L) of the Coast Guard Flotilla await orders in an English port prior the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944.
    Image is a frame from an unknown film documentary.
    Paulo Soukup
    LCI(L)-350 200k USS LCI(L)-350 under way in column with USS LCI(L)-96 followed by an unidentified vessel, probably enroute to or from the Normandy beachhead in June 1944.
    USCG photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office collection.
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-350 60k USS LCI(L)-350 under way, probably enroute to or from the Normandy beachhead in June 1944.
    USCG photo
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    LCI(L)-350 41k USS LCI(L)-350 under way, probably enroute to or from the Normandy beachhead in June 1944.
    USCG photo
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    LCI(L)-325 377k USS LCI(L)-325, and USS LCI(L)-350 with other LCIs returning to the U.S. after war service in European waters in 1944-45.
    US National Archives, Photo # 26-G-2992, a US Coast Guard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    The history for USS LCI(L)-350 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Read, Robert J., USCG15 May 1943 - January 1944
    02LT. Weil, Moise H. USCGRJanuary 1944 - 1 December 1944
    03LTjg. Ussell, Pierce B., USCGR1 December 1944 - 1945
    04LTjg. Brodkin, Albert H., USCGR1945 - 27 February 1946
    06LT. Stone, Ben E., USCGR27 February 1946 - 3 May 1946
    Courtesy US Coast Guard Historian's Office

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-350

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