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USS LCI(L)-450 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - INdia - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima - 17 to 19 February 1945)
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Navy Cross (LTjg. Wallace A. Brady, USNR, CO LCI(G)-450)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry:
Laid down, 22 JUne 1943, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 18 August 1943
Commissioned LCI(L)-450, 26 August 1943
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-450, 15 June 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-450 / LCI(G)-450 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater; LCI Flotilla Three, CDR R. Eikel, Jr.; Group Eight, LCDR W. V. Nash 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
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 to 19 February 1945
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 15 August 1944
Following World War II USS LCI(G)-450 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 to 22 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 30 January 1948
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(G)-450 earned three 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 amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
two 40mm AA gun mounts
four 20mm AA gun mounts
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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||USS LCI(G)-450 off Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945.
US Navy photo.
|Vaughn E Hampton USS LCI(G)-450
||USS LCI(G)-450 moored pierside at Saipan, February 1945, awaiting repair of battle damage from the Iwo Jima invasion on 17 February 1945.
||Vaughn E Hampton USS LCI(G)-450
The history for LCI(L)-450 / LCI(G)-450 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 20 January 2012
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