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USS LCI(R)-647
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USS LCI(L)-647 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Oscar - Charlie
NPOC
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 5 June 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 5 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-647, 11 July 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rocket) LCI(R)-647, 15 March 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-647 / LCI(R)-647 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-647 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 to 25 September 1945 and China service from 30 September 1945 to 22 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 May 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(R)-647 received one battle star for World War II service
    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
    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(R) Armament one 40mm gun, four 20mm guns, two .50cal machine 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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    Tutuila 40k USS LCI(R)-647 along with
    USS LCI(R)-705
    USS LCI(M)-802
    USS LCI(M)-803
    LCT-1213 and an unidentified vessel alongside USS Tutuila (ARG-4), date and location unknown.
    Russ Padden

    The history for LCI(L)-647 / LCI(R)-647 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 2 July 2010