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LCI(L)-440 / LCI(G)-440


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down (date unknown) at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-440, 6 August 1943, C.J. Keyes in command
  • Designation changed to Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-440, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-440 / LCI(G)-440 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation;
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 to 26 February 1944
    Luzon operation;
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Marianas operation;
    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 operation;
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    .

  • Decommissioned (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 30 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
  • LCI(L)-440 / LCI(G)-440 received 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
    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)-440 82k LCI(G)-440 underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II
    LCI(L)-440 90k LCI(G)-440 at anchor, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Evan D. Hardy via Robert Amick
    LCI(L)-440 383k LCI(G)-440 log of commissioned service. Evan D. Hardy via Robert Amick
    LCI-78 69k From left to right ;
    LCI(G)-78,

    LCI(G)-407
    ,
    LCI(G)-473,
    LCI(G)-366
    LCI(G)-77
    LCI(G)-948
    LCI(L)-38
    LCI(G)-546
    LCI(G)-440
    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.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-440 / LCI(G)-440 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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