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USS LCI(R)-644
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USS LCI(L)-644 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Tango
NPNT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 May 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 June 1944,
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-644, 7 July 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rocket) LCI(R)-644, 15 March 1945
  • During WWII USS LCI(L)-644 / LCI(R)-644 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
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-644 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 5 September to 7 October 1945
  • Decommission (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 April 1946, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-644 / LCI(R)-644 earned two battle stars 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(R) Complement 3 Officers, 31 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(L) Armament five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, two forward of wheelhouse, two aft of wheelhouse, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    LCI(R) Armament one 40mm gun, four 20mm guns, six 5" rocket launchers
    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)-697 70k USS LCI(L)-644 at San Diego, date unknown. Other ships in the photo include USS LCI(L)-789 and USS LCI(L)-697. Mike Owens for his father-in-law William. R. Beattie MoMM USS LCI(L)-697
    LCI(L)-644 15k USS LCI(R)-644 off Okinawa, date unknown.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-644 60k USS LCI(R)-644 off Okinawa with rockets filling her Mk 7 launchers abaft the forward 40mm gun, abaft the forward 20mm guns at the fore end of her deckhouse, and just forward of the after 20mm gun. The battleship in the background is USS Nevada (BB-36), recognizable by her funnel extension. Of the two LCIs present in the photo only USS LCI-1020 (off Nevada's bow) can be identified.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-1024 60k USS LCI(R)-644 underway in column with other LCIs, date and location unknown. Patrick Burrow for his father Dean Burrow F1/c USS LCI(L)-1024
    LCI(L)-1024 71k USS LCI(R)-644 and USS LCI(R)-650 and several unidentified LCI(R)s firing rockets, probably at Okinawa, date unknown. Patrick Burrow for his father Dean Burrow F1/c USS LCI(L)-1024

    The history for USS LCI(L)-644 / LCI(R)-644 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 21 August 2009