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Lost to enemy action, 18 June 1944

USS LCI(G)-468
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USS LCI(L)-468 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Foxtrot
NQOF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in August 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, in September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-468, 25 September 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-468, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-468 / LCI(G)-468 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaign;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 18 June 1944
  • USS LCI(G)-468 was sunk do to enemy action, 18 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-468 received one battle star for World War II service
    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)-468 171k Commanding Officer of USS LCI(G)-468 which was sunk at Saipan by Japanese dive bombers. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-468 61k USS LCI(G)-468 sinking at Saipan after being hit by Japanese dive bombers, 18 June 1944. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian

    The history for USS LCI(L)-468 / LCI(G)-468 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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