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USS LCI(L)-441 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Zulu - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima)
Second Row - Presidential Unit Commendation - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Navy Cross (LTjg. Forrest W. Bell, USNR, CO LCI(G)-441)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 30 April 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
Launched, 20 July 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-441, 7 August 1943
Designation changed to Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-441, 15 June 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-441 / LCI(G)-441 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI(G) Flotilla Three and
LCI(G) Flotilla Six, CDR. CDR. A. R. Montgomery USN;
LCI Group Sixteen, LCDR. R. S. Richabaugh, USNR;
LCI Division Sixteen 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
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 to 26 February 1944
Capture and occupation of Tinian
24 July to 1 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 16 July 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 17 to 21 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 to 21 February 1945
Following World War II USS LCI(G)-441 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 4 October 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 13 December 1946, fate unknown.
USS LCI(L)-441 / LCI(G)-441 received four battle stars for World War II service in addition to the
Presidential Unit Citation for operations at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945 and 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
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) 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
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidships, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
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 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||LCI(G)'s of Flotilla 3 Group 8 form a column as they prepare to attack Iwo Jima in support of UDT operations, 17 February 1945. Closest to furthest;
USS LCI(G)-474 (sunk during the operation),
USS LCI(G)-441 and
|Dennis Blocker II for his grandfather Cliff Lemke S1/c USS LCI(G)-449
||USS LCI(G)-441 approaching USS Nevada (BB-36)
to transfer her dead and wounded. LCI(G)-441 was hit by Japanese artillery at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945.
US National Archives photo #80-G-307124, a US Navy photo now in the collections
of the US National Archives, from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item", February 2015 issue
||An after action photo of USS LCI(G)-441, one of the eleven ships of LCI Flotilla three, Group 8, which were all hit while giving covering fire for Underwater Demolition Teams checking out Iwo Jima's beaches for the invasion on 19 February 1945.
US Navy photo
||USS LCI(G)-441, alongside USS Nevada (BB-36)
recovering the dead (S1/c J.R. Scott of Macon, GA. killed at his GQ station) and wounded crew members after being hit by enemy fire off the invasion beaches of Iwo Jima
on 17 February 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 65317
||USS LCI(G)-441, transferring dead and wounded to USS Nevada (BB-36) after the 17 February 1945 action at Iwo Jima protecting the UDTs reconnoitering the seven landing beaches prior to the 19 February landings.
Photo from photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar is a US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker
The history for USS LCI(L)-441 / LCI(G)-441 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 6 March 2015
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