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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:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
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) Troop Capacity
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
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
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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||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).
||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.
||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.
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
Last Updated 16 June 2017
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