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USS LCI(G)-473
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USS LCI(L)-473 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Charlie
NQQC
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 - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Navy Cross (LT. Charles E. Fisher, USNR, CO LCI(G)-473)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 23 August 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 26 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-473, 4 October 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-473, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-473 / LCI(G)-473 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 in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operations
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 14 July to 15 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation Iwo Jima, 15 August to 18 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Sold, 14 January 1947
  • USS LCI(G)-473 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' 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 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-78 69k From left to right;
    LCI(G)-78,

    LCI(G)-407
    ,
    LCI(G)-473,
    LCI(G)-366
    LCI(G)-77
    LCI(G)-948
    LCI(L)-38
    LCI(G)-546
    LCI(G)-440
    LCI(G)-439
    moored in a nest at Pearl Harbor, July 1945.
    Photo from the LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 1996 issue.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-473 / LCI(G)-473 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
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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