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USS LCI(L)-357


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


Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)- American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 4 May 1943, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 4 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-357, 17 June 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-357 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five; and
    LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. Paul McD. Smith USN (1944) and CDR. Marion M. Byrd (1944-45) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai Island landings, 15 September 1944
     

  • Following World War II, LCI(L)-357 was reassigned to Commander Philippine Sea Frontier
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 3 December 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-357 earned three battle stars for service in WWII.
    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)-435/LCI(L)-436 76k USS LCI(L)-435 beached along with USS LCI(L)-436, USS LCI(L)-357 beached at Guadalcanal, in February 1944 along with numerous other LCIs, while crews relax on the beach. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-435/LCI(L)-436 74k USS LCI(L)-435, USS LCI(L)-436, USS LCI(L)-445, and USS LCI(L)-357 beached at Guadalcanal, 25 February 1944, while crews relax on the beach. Bill Brinkley

    The history for LCI(L)-357 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
    History of LCI Flotilla 22
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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