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USS LCI(G)-442
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USS LCI(L)-442 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Golf - Yankee
NQGY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Metal (2)


LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 7 May 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 31 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-442, 11 August 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-442, 15 July 1944. LTjg. F. B. Clark USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LCI(G)-442 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three; and
    LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN;
    LCI Group Sixteen, LCDR. R. S. Richabaugh USNR;
    LCI Division Thirty-Twenty 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, Parry Island 17 to 26 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 12 August 1944

    Luzon operation

    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Tinian capture 24 July to 1 August 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 30 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946, at NOB Subic Bay, Philippine Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the US Army, 26 February 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-442 received six battle stars 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' 5½"
    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 gun mounts, 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 AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-627 49k USS LCI(G)-442, center, USS LCI(FF)-627, right, and USS LCI(G)-422 left, coming into position for a rocket attack on the western Okinawa beaches on 1 April 1945.
    Action Report of LCI(G)-442, dated 27 July 1945:
    "1 April 1945: CTG 52.17 was aboard LC(FF)-627 which acted as guide until the line of departure was reached. CTU 52.17.2 aboard LCI(G)-442 then took command of Task Unit. LCI(G)-422 was the second ship in the column following astern of LCI(G)-442 and LCI(G)-565 was behind LCI(G)-422. This three column ship formation then proceeded to assault the beach firing their 40mm, 20mm and 4.5" rockets. After this initial assault the LVT's headed towards the beach in three waves."
    Photo from the USS LCI Association 2007 calendar, courtesy Bill Ringle. A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Photo contributed by Ardie Hunt
    Caption contributed by Darrell Allison
    LCI(L)-42 366k USS LCI(G)-442 sailors admire a US flag hidden by Filipino guerrillas for four years, circa 1945. Photo from the July 2010 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newletter "The Elsie Item". Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-442 / LCI(G)-442 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
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