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Lost to enemy action, 17 February 1945

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USS LCI(G)-474
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USS LCI(L)-474 (1943 - 1944)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima) - Presidential Unit Citation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Navy Cross (LTjg. Matthew J. Reichl, USNR, CO LCI(G)-474)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in August 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in October 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-474, 5 October 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-474, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-474 / LCI(G)-474 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
    : LCI Flotilla Thirteen and
    LCI Flotilla Three, CDR M.J. Malanaphy;
    LCI Group Eight, CDR Nash and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 15 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945

  • Lost through enemy action at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-474 earned two battle stars for WWII service and the Presidential Unit Citation for operations at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 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
    3 Officers
    21 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidships, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    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 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(G)-474 87k LCI(G)-474 at anchor, date and location unknown. A view of the ships conning tower when she was part of the famous Black Cats of Flotilla Thirteen. Dennis Blocker II for his grandfather Cliff Lemke S1/c USS LCI(G)-449
    LCI(G)-474 100k LCI(G)-474 underway, date and location unknown. Note the emblem of the Black Cats of Flotilla Thirteen prominently displayed on the conning tower. Dennis Blocker II for his grandfather Cliff Lemke S1/c USS LCI(G)-449
    LCI(G)-441.LCI(G)-474 87k LCI(G)-474 and LCI)G)-438 pass Nevada (BB-36) on the way into the beach at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(G)-438 68k LCI(G)-474 (center distant) and LCI)G)-438 (center near) pass Nevada (BB-36) on the way into the beach at Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945. Robert Cieri
    LCI(G)-449 65k LCI(G)'s of Flotilla 3 Group 8 form a column as they prepare to attack Iwo Jima in support of UDT operations, 17 February 1945. Closest to furthest;
    LCI(G)-474 (sunk during the operation),
    LCI(G)-438,
    LCI(G)-449,
    LCI(G)-441 and
    LCI(G)-457
    Dennis Blocker II for his grandfather Cliff Lemke S1/c USS LCI(G)-449
    LCI(G)-474 57k LCI(G)-474, capsizing off Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945. Capps (DD-550) is at right picking up survivors. She later completed the sinking of LCI(G)-474. Photo by Bob Harker, Engineering Officer, USS LCI (G)-474,
    submitted by Vaughn Hampton USS LCI(G)-450
    LCI(G)-474 39k LCI(G)-474, sinking off Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945, after receiving several hits from Japanese shore batteries while supporting UDT swimmers on a pre-invasion mission, Photo by Bob Harker, Engineering Officer, USS LCI (G)-474,
    submitted by Vaughn Hampton USS LCI(G)-450
    LCI(G)-474 78k Close up of LCI(G)-474, sinking off Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945. Bill Brinkley

    The history for LCI(L)-474 / LCI(G)-474 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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