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USS LCI(M)-354
USS LCI(G)-354 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-354 (1943 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 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, 1 April 1943, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 6 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-354, 3 June 1943. LT . L.G. Payne, USNR, in command
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-354, 31 December 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-354, 30 April 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-354 / LCI(G)-354 / LCI(M)-354 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 21 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)-354 / USS LCI(M)-354 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the State Department for disposal, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t. (loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    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
    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 guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    10 MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun, forward
    four 20mm guns
    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 869 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal.
    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)-354.402 255k USS LCI(L)-402, left and USS LCI(G)-354, right, beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Allied Landing Craft of World War Two", Arms and Armour Press.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-354 54k LCI(G)-354 beached, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1944 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCI(L)-354 77k LCI(G)-354 underway off Naha, Okinawa. Note the smoke plume in the background, which is coming from Longshaw (DD-559) after she went aground and was hit and sunk by Japanese Shore Batteries, May 18 1945. Paul Salce in honor of his father, Michael Salce S1/c USS LCI(G)-354
    LCI(L)-354 59k LCI(G)-354 partial crew photo. Michael Salce is at the far left of this photo, date and place unknown. Paul Salce in honor of his father, Michael Salce S1/c USS LCI(G)-354
    LCI(L)-354 59k LCI(G)-354 heading toward the invasion beach probably Okinawa, February 1945. Robert M. Cieri

    The history for USS LCI(L)(G)(M)-354 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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