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USS LCI(G)-463
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USS LCI(L)-463 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Lima - Whiskey
NQLW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 3 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 9 September 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-463, 17 September 1943, LTjg. M. F. Sheldon USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Designation changed to Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-463, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-463 / LCI-G)-463 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    (1944) LCI Flotilla Three;
    (1945) LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN;
    LCI Group Eighteen, LCDR. E.L. Yates;
    LCI Division Thirty-Five (May 1945) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    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
    Tinian capture and occupation
    24 to 28 July 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-463 performed Navy Occupation Service in the Far East from 11 September to 2 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS LCI(G)-463 earned three 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
  • Final Disposition, sold 5 December 1946, fate unknown
    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(L)-463 349k USS LCI(L)-463 underway, 19 October 1943, place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Warships of World War 2" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Mike Green
    LCI(G)-455 170k USS LCI(G)-463 at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from USS LCI(G)-455. Jim Garber for his father George Garber RdM/2c USS LCI(G)-455
    LCI-463 84k USS LCI(G)-463 grounded at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, as a result of "Typhoon Louise," 9 October 1945. Anita Robinson for her father Lewis G. Brook S/1c V-6 USNR
    LCI-463/337 1106k USS LCI(G)-463 and USS LCI(L)-337 high and dry at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after the 9 October 1945 typhoon. Donn Cuson
    Nestor 444k USS LCI(G)-463 right foreground, USS Nestor (ARB-6) at center left (background) with USS APL-14 astern of her. In the foreground, USS LCI(R)-337 (center). All were ravaged and run aground by Typhoon Louise at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in October 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Donn Cuson
    LCI-463/337 460k USS LCI(G)-463 hard aground at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after Typhoon Louise passed over the bay on 9 October 1945. The bow of USS LCI(R)-337 is visible beyond LCI(G)-463 Donn Cuson

    The history for USS LCI(L) / LCI(G)-463 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
    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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