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USS LCI(G)-469
USS LCI(L)-469 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Oscar
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 21 February 1945) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Navy Cross (LT. Gerald M. Connors, USNR, CO LCI(G)-469)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 18 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-469, 27 September 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-469, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-469 / LCI(G)-469 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, LCI Flotilla 3 (CDR M.J. Malanaphy) Group 8 (LCDR Nash) and participated in the:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 14 July to 15 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 to 19 February 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-469 performed occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 22 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 2 September 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-469 earned two battle stars for WWII service and the Presidential Unit Citation for operations at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945
    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 40mm guns, four 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)-469 98k USS LCI(L)-469 underway, date and location unknown.
    National Archive photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCI(L)-469 38k USS LCI(G)-469 comes under heavy enemy fire while running interference for UDT swimmers during the invasion of Iwo Jima. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(M)-631
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" March 2002 issue
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-469 1107k USS LCI(G)-469 crew photo, date and location unknown. 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)-469 / LCI(G)-469 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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