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USS LCI(M)-632
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USS LCI(G)-632 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-632 (1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Hotel
NPLH
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)-632 was transferred to the Republic of China
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 May 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 9 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-632, 17 June 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-632. 31 December 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortars) LCI(M)-632, 30 April 1945 During World War II LCI(L)-632 / LCI(G)-632 / LCI(M)-632 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation [LCI(G)-632]
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation as [LCI(M)-632]
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945

  • Following World War II LCI(M)-632 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China Service
  • Decommissioned at Tsingtao, China in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China in 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
  • USS LCI(L)-632 earned one battle star as LCI(G)-632 and one battle star as LCI(M)-632 for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    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
    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 .50 cal machine guns, 10 MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(M) Armament one single 40mm gun, forward, four 20mm guns, three 4.2mm 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 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-632 31k LCI(L)-632 underway, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-632 109k USS LCI(M)-632 moored alongside USS Kinzer (APD-91) in the ice at Chingwangtao, China, February 1946. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" March 2002 issue, courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(M) 631). Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-417 1915k USS LCI(G)-632 and USS LCI(L)-417 airing bunting Taku, China April 1946. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-233 1318k USS LCI(M)-632 and USS LCI(G)-233 moored at Tsingtao, China in June 1946.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #48, April 2004.
    Ardie Hunt, courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(L) 631. and Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-632 86k USS LCI(M)-632 at Tsingtao, China, June 1946. The crew was training Chinese crews to operate the LCIs being transferred to the Chinese Nationalist Navy. During the war USS LCI(M)-632 provided fire support at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Post-war duty was served in China. Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 Calendar, courtesy R.M. Norris, XO, USS LCI(M) 632). Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-632 / LCI(G)-632 / LCI(M)-632 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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