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USS LCI(G)-456
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USS LCI(L)-456 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - November
NQKA
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 13 July 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 27 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-456, 7 September 1943, LTjg. E. M. Clark USNR (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-456, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-456 / LCI(G)-456 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    (1944)LCI Flotilla Three, CDR. R. Eikel Jr. USNR;
    (1945) LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN;
    LCI Group Eighteen, LCDR. E.L. Yates;
    LCI Division Thirty-Six 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
    Capture and occupation of Tinian, 24 to 28 July 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 September 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-456 / LCI(G)-456 earned four 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' 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
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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)-456
    NARA 257558
    207k USS LCI(G)-456 crew members loading rockets during the invasion of Peleliu, September 1944.
    US National Archives photo #'s 257558 and 257559, US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew.
    LCI(L)-456
    NARA 257559
    235k
    LCI(L)-456 137k USS LCI(G)-456 in the conn during the invasion of Peleliu in September 1944.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew.
    LCI(L)-456 225k USS LCI(G)-456 view from the conn during the invasion of Peleliu in September 1944. Note the US Marine liaison officer observing the battle from the ship's conn.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew.
    LCI(L)-456 59k USS LCI(G)-456 at anchor. This photo of USS LCI(G)-456 was taken when she was doing picket duty, mostly at night, at Peleliu after the invasion. The heavy screen constructed by the crew was lowered when the ship anchored by the bow to protect them from mines that the Japanese floated down stream toward them. Luckily, the contraption was never tested, nor did the Navy Department send out their engineers to copy it.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", February 2006, courtesy of Ed Clark USS LCI 456.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-456 74k USS LCI(G)-456 prepares to fire 4.5" rockets from her Mk 7 launcher at Peleliu, 19 september 1944. The heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33) is in the background. Note the pipe guard to prevent the bow 40 mm gun from firing into the ship; it had no director system to do so.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-456 / LCI(G)-456 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Clark, E. M., USNR7 September 1943 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    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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