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USS LCI(G)-630 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-630 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Kilo - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19-26 Feb 1945, Iwo Jima) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LCI(M)-630 was transferred to China
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 12 March 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp. Barber, N.J.
Launched, 7 June 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-630, 15 June 1944, LTjg. J. J. Gasiorek USNR in command
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-630, 31 December 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-630, 30 April 1945
During World War II USS LCI(L)-630 / LCI(G)-630 / LCI(M)-630 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Twenty-One, CDR. L. B. Balliere, USNR;
LCI Group Sixty-One, (flagship) LCDR. W. T. Dom, USNR;
LCI Division One Hundred Twenty-One and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
as USS LCI(G)-630
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto
26 March to 14 June 1945 as USS LCI(G)-630 and USS LCI(M)-630)
Following World War II USS LCI(M)-630 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|23 October to 11 December 1945||13 December 1945 to 25 June 1946
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-630 earned two battle stars, one as USS LCI(G)-630 and one as USS LCI(M)-630 for World War II Service
Transferred to China, 7 February 1948
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 246 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
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
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
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
two 40mm guns
four 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
10 MK7 rocket launchers
one single 40mm gun, forward
four 20mm guns
three 4.2" chemical mortars mounted in three 4ft x 4ft wooden walled 2" x 6" high sand boxes on the well deck with the three tripod mortar tubes in position to fire forward over the bow, No. 2 Troop Compartment (under well deck) converted to a magazine
Diesel 869 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 LCI(M)-630 mortar crews loading the three 4.2 inch mortar installations on the well deck during the Okinawa operation. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2005 calendar.
||USS LCI(M)-630 firing mortars off Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. Note the three 4.2 mortars mounted in sand boxes in the well deck. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue # 46, October 2003.
||Ardie Hunt courtesy of Robert Newberry, USS LCI(M)-630
||USS LCI(M)-630 firing mortars off Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue # 46, October 2003.
||An amphtrac moves past USS LCI(M)-630 during the H-hour naval bombardment of Okinawa on 1 April 1945.
A US Navy photo from the US National Archives.
|Submitted by Ardie Hunt, courtesy Bill Ringle and Jordan Nichols for his grandfather Henry Robert Newell S1/c USS LCI(M)-630
||USS LCI(M)-630 underway, date and location unknown.
||Jordan Nichols for his grandfather Henry Robert Newell S1/c USS LCI(M)-630
The history for USS LCI(L)-630 / LCI(G)-630 / LCI(M)-630 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
|01||LTjg. Gasiorek, J. J., USNR||15 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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