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USS LCI(L)-371


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Juliet - Golf
NIJG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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

Individual Awards

LT. Eugene Gooding C.O. USS LCI(G)-371) earned the Silver Star at Saipan

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 23 August 1943, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 13 September 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-371, 18 September 1943, LT. Eugene Gooding, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-371 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Folger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Seven, LCDR. A. J. Ormstom;
    LCI Division One Hundred Thirteen and participated in the campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 3 July 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-371 earned one battle star for WWII service and 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
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 29 December 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 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
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    LCI(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun mount, forward
    four 20mm gun mounts
    three 4.2mm 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)-371 104k USS LCI(L)-371 hard aground on San Clemente Island, CA., 6 January to 7 February 1944. LCI(L)-371 was forced onto the rocks at San Clemente during amphibious exercises in January 1944. LCI(L)-371 had to be transported about 2000 yards overland on the beach before she could be re-floated and towed by the salvage tug Viking to San Diego for repairs.
    US Navy photo # ATD P.H. 7015, 1-44, Acorn Training Detachment, Port Hueneme, CA.
    H.D. Goodman LCI(L)-371
    LCI(G)-471 337k Ex-USS LCI(L)-371 along ex-USS LCI(R)-645 and other LCIs tied to trees along the banks of the Sabine River, at Orange, TX., circa 1946. James Swank

    The history for LCI(L)-371 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gooding, Eugene18 September 1943 - ?
    01LTjg. Daniel, B. M. USNRMay 1945

    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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