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USS LCI(G)-373
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USS LCI(L)-373 (1942 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Quebec
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 17 September 1943, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 23 September 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-373, 29 September 1943, LTjg. M. P. Mills, USNR, in command
  • Converted to a Close-in Fire Support Vessel and redesignated Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-373, 15 June 1944 During World War II USS LCI(L)-373 / LCI(G)-373 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three; and
    LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN;
    LCI Group Seventeen, LCDR. C. F. Robinson USNR;
    LCI Division Thirty-Three and participated in the the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation;
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 4 August 1944
    Luzon operation;
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Capture and occupation of Tinian,
    8 July and 24 to 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
     
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold 13 January 1947, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-373 / LCI(G)-373 received five battle stars for WWII service in addition to 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
    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(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
    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(G)-373 449k USS LCI(G)-373 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the May 2011 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", courtesy Albert D. Divincenzo, MoMM 3/C, USS LCI(G)-373
    Ardie Hunt
    APD-51/LCI(L)-373 40k USS LCI(G)-373 underway passing the anchored USS Hopping (APD-51) while heading for the beach at Okinawa. Note the two old battleships, USS New York (BB-34) and USS Idaho (BB-42) off in the background waiting for fire support calls.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Green

    The history for LCI(L)-373 / LCI(G)-373 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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