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USS LCI(M)-351
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USS LCI(G)-351 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-351 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Xray - Lima
NHXL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 5 March 1943, at George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 8 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-351, 14 May 1943, LT. D. C. Week USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) USS LCI(G)-351, 31 December 1944
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) USS LCI(M)-351, 30 April 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-351 / LCI(G)-351 / LCI(M)-351 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. T. W. Rimer;
    LCI Group Forty-Two, LCDR. A. H. Conners USNR;
    LCI Division Eighty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(G)-351 / LCI(M)-351 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 March 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(M) Complement
    4 Officers
    49 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
    (LCI(L) 351-353 only) four single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    LCI(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun mount, forward
    four 20mm gun mounts
    three 4.2" chemical mortars mounted in three 4ft x 4ft wooden walled 2" x 6" high sand boxes on the well deck with the three tripod mortar tubes in position to fire forward over the bow, No. 2 Troop Compartment (under well deck) converted to a magazine
    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)-351 123k Stern view of USS LCI(L)-351 while moored at George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp., Neponset, MA. in May 1943.
    George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew
    LCI(L)-351 157k USS LCI(L)-351 under way off Boston, 20 May 1943. Note her new high round bridge structure, relocated 20 mm guns, and an enlarged deckhouse. Later a fifth 20 mm gun was added atop the forecastle.
    US Navy photo. Text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    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)-351 117k
    LCI(L)-351 180k
    LCI(L)-351 144k
    LCI(L)-351 156k
    LCI(L)-351 177k
    LCI(L)-351 187k USS LCI(R)-351 under way, off Okinawa, date unknown. US Navy photo Courtesy Floating Drydock.
    LCI(L)-351 280k USS LCI(R)-351 under way, off Okinawa, Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945. US Navy photo Brian Miller

    The history for USS LCI(L)-351 / LCI(G)-351 / LCI(M)-351 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

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