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USS LCI(G)-417
USS LCI(L)-417 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Yankee - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LCI(G)-417 was transferred to the Republic of China
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 1 February 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 9 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-417, 18 February 1944, ENS. Robert J. Ericson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-417 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(L)-417 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Seven, LCDR. J. P. Moore;
    LCI Group One Hundred Eleven, LT. J. W. R. Winson, USNR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-417, 15 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-417 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 October 1945 to 25 June 194624 October 1945 to 25 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to China, 7 February 1948
  • USS LCI(L)-417 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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
    3 Officers
    21 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, 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)-417 41k USS LCI(L)-417 beached at Normandy, on Omaha Beach, 7 June 1944. Robert DeForge for his father Robert DeForge Jr. USS LCI(L)-417
    USS LCI(G)-417
    LCI(L)-417 1915k USS LCI(G)-417 and USS LCI(L)-632 airing bunting Taku, China April 1946. 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

    The history for USS LCI(L)-417 / LCI(G)-417 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Ericson, Robert J., USNR18 February 1944 - 30 April 1944
    02ENS. Hughes, Elwin G., USNR30 April 1944 - 1 July 1944
    03LTjg. Heinz, William L., USNR1 July 1944 - 12 January 1946
    04LTjg. Marshall, Harvey T., USNR12 January 1946 - 8 May 1946
    05LTjg. Wilhide, Charles W., USNR8 May 1946 - 25 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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