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USS LCI(L)-614


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Hotel - Tango
NPHT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 18 April 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 15 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-614, 20 May 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-614 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Twenty Two, CDR. Marion M. Byrd and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-614 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 20 December 19459 September to 20 December 1945

  • While assigned China Service USS LCI(L)-614 was assigned to Commander Yangtze Patrol Force
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 December 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-614 earned one battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    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
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-614 88k USS LCI(L)-614 at anchor off Norfolk, VA. in June 1944. Note that the crew is enjoying a swim call.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #48, April 2004, courtesy of John R. Zudell, son of Robert J. Zudell, RM2/c USS LCI 614.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-614 104k USS LCI(L)-614 crew photo, date and place unknown. Front row: L. Roebuck, J. Bettencourtt, R. Cyprus, J. Belk, M. Antonini, E. Autry, R. Allison, J. Mangioni. Center row: F. Muckle, A. Breeden, F. Baish, L. Weaver, W. Baker, S. Hotchkiss, H. Cogan, R. Mattau. Back row: U. Anderson, G. Cooke, R. Zudell, H. Carter, J. Johnson, J. Bridges, R. Utt, R. Kerwin
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #48, April 2004, courtesy of John R. Zudell, son of Robert J. Zudell, RM2/c USS LCI 614.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-614 84k USS LCI(L)-614 crew photo at New Guinea. Note the three native boys in the picture.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", December 2005, courtesy of Ned Hedger USS LCI 614.
    Ardie Hunt
    LSM-285 43k USS LSM-285 moored with other LSMs and LCTs including USS LCI(L)-614, USS LCI(M)-631, USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LST-1075, date and location unknown. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285

    The history for LCI(L)-614 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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