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USS LC(FF)-399
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USS LCI(L)-399 (1943 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - November
NKGN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 December 1943, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA .
  • Launched, 23 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-399, 30 December 1943, Ltjg. F. H. Doell USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-399 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Reclassified Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-399, 15 July 1945, reassigned to;
    LC(FF) Flotilla Twenty-Three, LCDR. R. H. Brazeal
    LCI(FF) Group Sixty-Seven;
    LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Three
  • Following World War II USS LC(FF)-399 was assigned to Occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September to 8 December 1945
  • Decommissioned,16 December 1945, at Buckner Bay where she ran aground on the beach south of Yosabaru Wan
  • Struck from t+he Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal in May 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-399 received one battle star for World War II service
    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 Motores 6051 series 71 Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    single Main Reduction Gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 1,320shp
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    LCI(FF)-399 145k USS LCI(L)-399 crewmen, left to right Clark, Woolard and McLeod, date and location unknown. 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(FF)-399 121k USS LC(FF)-399 aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, circa November 1945. She ran aground in Buckner Bay south of Yosabaru Wan John Dimm
    LCI(FF)-399 99k USS LC(FF)-399, USS SC-727 and possibly APL-12, APL-13 or APL-14 aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, circa November 1945 Anita Robinson for her father Lewis G. Brook S/1c V-6 USNR.

    The history for USS LCI(L)-399 / LC(FF)-399 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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