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USS LCI(R)-651
USS LCI(L)-651 (1944 - 1945)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 9 June 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 11 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-651, 18 July 1944, J. W. Sullivan USNR, in command
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rocket) LCI(R)-651, 15 March 1945
  • During WWII USS LCI(L)-651 / LCI(R)-651 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Sixteen, CDR. C. E. Coffin USN (27);
    LCI Group Forty-Eight, LCDR. F. Thompson Jr. USNR;
    LCI Division Ninety-Six and participated in the following campaign/actions:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Minesweeping operations-Pacific
    Sasebo (Kyushu-Korea area), 9 to 13 September1945
    Arcadia (Kyushu-Korea area), -1 to 5 September 1945
    Klondike (East China Sea-Ryukyus area), 27 to 31 October 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-651 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September to 24 November 1945
  • Decommission, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 May 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(R)-651 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 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
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 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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    LCI(L)-651 398k USS LCI(R)-651 with other units of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force, at Maui, rehearsing for the Iwo Jima landings, date unknown. Other amphibious craft include: USS LCI(R)-707, USS LCI(R)-708, USS LCI(R)-1030, USS LCI(R)-772, USS LCS(L)(3)-56 and USS LCS(L)(3)-55.
    Photo from the July 2010 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item".
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-651 8k USS LCI(R)-651 off Okinawa, date unknown.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley

    The history for USS LCI(L)-651 / USS LCI(R)-651 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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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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