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USS LCI(L)-439 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Quebec
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 - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down 29 April 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 21 July 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-439, 6 August 1943
Designation changed to Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-439, 15 January 1944
During World War II LCI(L)-439 / LCI(G)-439 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation;
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation;
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 1 June 1945
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
USS LCI(G)-439 earned five battle stars for World War II 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
Final Disposition, sold, 2 December 1946, fate unknown
Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 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) Troop Capacity
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
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
two single 40mm guns
four single 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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||Nine LCIs including USS LCI(G)-439 and USS LCI(G)-455 moored together, date and location, unknown.
||Jim Garber for his father George Garber RdM/2c USS LCI(G)-455
||USS LCI(G)-439 crew members being initiated into "Neptune's Realm", while crossing the Equator in the Pacific, late 1943. Photo courtesy of Milton Schnitzlein.
Photo from the LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", January 2007 issue.
||USS LCI(G)-439 in convoy with the rest of her flotilla, viewed from the stern of USS LCI(G)-407, date and location unknown.
US National Archives photo.
|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
||From left to right ;
USS LCI(G)-439 moored in a nest at Pearl Harbor, July 1945.
Photo from the LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie
Item", June 1996 issue.
The history for USS LCI(L)-439 / LCI(G)-439 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
Last Updated 9 May 2014
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