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USS LCI(M)-631
USS LCI(G)-631 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-631 (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LCI(M)-631 was transferred to Taiwan, named ROCS Lien Hua (L-285)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 May 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 8 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-631, 16 June 1944, LT. G. P. Hamilton USNR in command
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-631, 31 December 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-631, 30 April 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)(G)(M)-631 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Twenty-One, CDR. L. B. Balliere, USNR;
    LCI Group Sixty-One, LCDR. W. T. Dom, USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Twenty-One and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation (USS LCI(G)-631)
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation (USS LCI(G)-631 and USS LCI(M)-631)
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(M)-631 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 194511 December 1945 to 12 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to China, 7 February 1948, named ROCS Lien Hua (L-285)
  • USS LCI(G)-631 / LCI(M)-631 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • 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) Complement 4 Officers, 24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement 5 Officers, 65 Enlisted
    LCI(M) Complement 4 Officers, 49 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted
    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
    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
    LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, 10 MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(M) Armament 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
    Fuel Capacity
    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 LCI(M)-631
    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
    ROCS Lien Hua (L-285)
    LCI(L)-631 43k Ex-USS LCI(M)-631 under way in the Republic of China service as ROCS Lien Hua (L-285), circa 1963, location unknown.
    Official Republic of China Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-631 42k ROCS Lien Hua (L-285), dressed in flags, date and location unknown.
    Official Republic of China Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships", 1958-59".
    Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-631 / LCI(G)-631 / LCI(M)-631 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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