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USS LCI(G)-455
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USS LCI(L)-455 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Xray
NQJX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 10 July 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 26 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-455, 4 September 1943, LTjg. G. J. Sullivan USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-455, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI(G) Flotilla Three, CDR. Micheal J. Malanaphy (14 May 1945 - CDR. R. Eikel USNR);
    LCI Group One, LCDR. J. F. McFadden USN (35);
    LCI Division Fourteen 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
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 16 July 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 February to 16 March 1945
    Capture and occupation of Tinian, 10 July and 24 to 28 July 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 earned six 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 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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    LCI(G)-455 147k Nine LCIs including USS LCI(G)-455 and USS LCI(G)-439 moored together, date and location, unknown. Jim Garber for his father George Garber RdM/2c USS LCI(G)-455
    LCI(G)-455 147k
    LCI(G)-455 82k USS LCI(G)-455 at Okinawa, 1945. Tim Draper and Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-443 743k USS LCI(G)-455 conning tower and crew, date and location unknown. Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew.

    The history for USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 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
    Garber Photo Collection
    Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
    Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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