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USS LCI(L)-618 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - India - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 24 April 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 19 May 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-618, 27 May 1944
USS LCI(L)-618 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-618 in 1944
During World War II USS LC(FF)-618 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. Marion M. Byrd, USN (1944-45) and participated in the following campaigns:
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||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
Following World War II, USS LC(FF-618) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 September to 9 December 1945
Decommissioned, 14 May 1946, at Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 15 January 1948
USS LC(FF)-618 earned two battle stars for World War II service.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
Light, 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
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
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
Diesel 860 Bbls
lube oil 200 gal
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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||USS LC(FF)-618 moored pierside at Tientsen, China, preparing to take on a load of
civilians for transportation elsewhere, 29 September 1945.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "The
Elsie Item", November 2009 issue.
The history for USS LCI(L)-618 / LC(FF)-618 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
History of LCI Flotilla 22
Extracts from the Log of USS LCI(L) 618
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 26 September 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|