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USS LCI(G)-470
USS LCI(L)-470 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Xray
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, 19 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 22 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-470, 28 September 1943, LTjg. W. M. Welsh USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-470, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-470 / LCI(G)-470 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, 15 September to 14 October 1944
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944  

  • Following World War II LCI(G)-470 performed occupation duty in the Far East, 2 September to 2 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Sold, 7 February 1947
  • USS LCI(G)-470 received 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, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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)-470 72k USS LCI(G)-470 grounded on a reef at Okinawa after "Typhoon Louise" struck Buckner Bay, on 9 October 1945.
    Photo is from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 2006 issue. Photo courtesy of Delbert C. Hollinger USS LCI(G) 470).
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(R)-771 982k USS LCI(R)-771, USS LCI(G)-470 and USS LCI(L)-678 grounded at Buckner Bay, Okinawa after Typhoon "Louise" 9-10 October 1945. Donn Cuson
    LCI(R)-771 2397k USS LCI(G)-470, and an unidentified merchant vessel grounded, and probably a Submarine Chaser on her side at Buckner Bay, Okinawa after Typhoon "Louise" 9-10 October 1945. Donn Cuson

    The history for USS LCI(L)-470 / USS LCI(G)-470 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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