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USS LC(FF)-628
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USS LCI(L)-628 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Kilo - Romeo
NPKR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 8 May 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N. J.
  • Launched, 5 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-628, 10 June 1944, LT. C. F. Higgins USNR in command
  • USS LCI(L)-628 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-628, 31 December 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-628 / LC(FF)-628 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LC(FF) Flotilla Twenty-Three LCDR R. H. Brazeal / LCDR Dennis L. Francis:
    LC(FF) Group Sixty-Eight, LT. O. G. Howell;
    LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 3 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LC(FF)-628 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 December 1945 to 2 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LC(FF)-628 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 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 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 130 tons
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    The history for USS LCI(L)-628 / LC(FF)-628 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Higgins, C. F., USNR10 June 1944 - ?

    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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