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USS LCI(G)-420
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USS LCI(L)-420 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - India - Lima
NKIL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(G)-420 was transferred to the Netherlands, named HNLMS Zeearend later transferred to Indonesia and renamed KRI Piru

LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 9 February 1944, at George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 16 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-420, 23 February 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-420, 15 July 1945
  • During World War II LCI(L)-420 / LCI(G)-420 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS 38, 20 April 1944 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, circa 1945-46
  • Struck from the Naval Register, circa 1945-46
  • Transferred to the State Department, 20 May 1946, for disposal
  • Transferred to the Netherlands in 1946, named HNLMS Zeearend
  • Handed over to the Dutch East Indies government on the formation of the Indonesian Navy in 1950, renamed KRI Piru
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-420 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    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 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
    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.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-420 913k USS LCI(L)-420 underway, 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(L)-420 274k USS LCI(L)-420 disembarking troops, 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(L)-420 90k USS LCI(L)-420 disembarking troops onto a pier, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-420
    Then
    126k Then - LT Steve Basse, XO USS LCI(L)-420 circa 1944
    Now - LCI Reunion aboard LCI(L)-713, 2008
    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(L)-420
    Now
    359k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-420 / LCI(G)-420 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 16 October 2009