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LCI(L)-518


USS LCI(L)-518 was transferred to the Chinese Nationalist Navy
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, NJ, (date unknown);
  • Launched (date unknown);
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-518, 15 December 1943;
    During World War II LCI(L)-518 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the:
  • Following World War II, LCI(L)-518 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service from 13 December to 8 July 1946 under the command of Commander Yangtze Patrol Force; LCI(L)-518 operated as pilot boat (HECV) Harbor Entrance Control Vessel Whangpoo River and Yangtze River, crew was mix of US and Chinese Naval personal;
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946;
  • Transferred to the State Department, 8 July 1946;
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown);
  • Transfer to the Republic of China, 10 July 1946;
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown;
  • LCI(L)-518 received two battle stars for World War II service.
    Specifications:
  • Displacement 236 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;
  • Complement 4 officers, 24 enlisted
  • Troop Capacity, 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted;
  • 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 knots; 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;
  • 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(L)-518 45k LCI(L)-518 moored at Shanghai, China, circa 1945-46. Robah L. Snyder, III in honor of his father, Robah L. Snyder, Jr. S1/c USS LCI(L)-518

    The history for LCI(L)-518 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    View the history of LCI Flotilla 22
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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