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USS LCI(G)-471
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USS LCI(L)-471 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Oscar
NQPO
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 19 February) - Presidential Unit Citation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Navy Cross LTjg. Robert S. Hudgins, CO LCI(G)-471


LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 20 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 23 September 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-471, 30 September 1943, LTjg Robert S. Hudgins USNR in command
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-471, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-471 / LCI(G)-471 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Three. CDR. M. J. Malanaphy / CDR. Eikel R. Jr. USNR;
    LCI Group Eight, LCDR W. V. Nash USNR;
    LCI Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    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

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS LCI(G)-471 earned two battle stars for WWII service and the Presidential Unit Citation for operations at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    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 four GM Diesels engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(G)-471/AVP-35 73k USS LCI(G)-471, can just be seen in the background beyond the bow of USS Castle Rock (AVP-35) in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, April 1945.
    Cropped from US National Archives photo # 80-N-K-16186 (Color), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ramon Jackson
    LCI(G)-471 11k USS LCI(G)-471 coming alongside an unidentified US Navy ship, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(G)-471 62k USS LCI(G)-471 underway in heavy seas, 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
    LCI(G)-471 59k USS LCI(G)-471 moored outboard of another vessel, date and location unknown. Note the Signalman on the conning tower. 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(G)-471 25k USS LCI(G)-471 crewman James Bernethy sent this picture home to his family. He probably got it from a Marine on Guam. No doubt, this soldier was killed there. 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)-471 / LCI(G)-471 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
    Crew Photos
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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