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USS LCI(G)-472
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USS LCI(L)-472 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Alpha
NQQA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 22 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 24 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-472, 2 October 1943, LT. A. H. Rudge USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-472, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-472 / LCI(G)-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirteen (the Black Cats) (1944)
    LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN; (May 1945)
    LCI Group Eighteen, LCDR. E.L. Yates;
    LCI Division Thirty-Four and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 14 July to 5 August 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 1 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Sold, 22 November 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-472 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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 AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 800 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(G)-472 119k USS LCI(G)-472 coming alongside USS New Mexico (BB-40) for fuel and water. This happy event generally meant a little fresh food and ice cream. The LCI sailors also enjoyed a brisk trade in Japanese military gear and native items for good things like food, candy bars, and fountain pens with the ship bound BB sailors. US Navy photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2006 calendar. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(G)-472 927k USS LCI(G)-472 of the Black Cat Flotilla, receiving supplies while alongside USS New Mexico (BB-40) off San Antonio Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, 13 July 1944.
    US Navy photos from the collections of the US National Archives.
    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, and Ardie Hunt
    LCI(G)-472 297k
    LCI(G)-472 270k
    LCI(G)-472 83k USS LCI(G)-472 laying smoke at Okinawa on L plus 2 days (3 April 1945) to protect the anchored ships from kamikazes. The smoke covered ships were safe from the suicide attacks. Photo courtesy of Bill Ringle and the National Archives. US Navy photo now in the US National Archives from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2007 calendar. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(M)-951 61k From right to left:
    USS LCI(G)-462
    USS LCI(G)-454
    USS LCI(M)-756
    USS LCI(G)-542
    USS LCI(G)-464
    USS LCI(G)-528
    USS LCI(G)-472
    USS LCI(G)-565
    and USS LCI(M)-951 nested together while moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., in the summer of 1946.
    Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 Calendar, courtesy Max Wright, USS LCI(G) 80 and USS LCI(G)-462.
    Black and White image - Ardie Hunt
    Colored image - Mark C. Lea in honor of his grandfather Keith F. Lea CO LCI(G)-542
    LCI(M)-951 244k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-472 / LCI(G)-472 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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