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USS LCI(L)-663

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Bravo - 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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 20 February 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 6 March 1944
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-663, 12 May 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-663 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landings, 18 March to 1 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings 15 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 April 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
  • USS LCI(L)-663 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 236 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
    Complement 4 officers, 24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted
    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 knots; 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
    Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    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)-663 122k USS LCI(L)-663 beached, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-663 59k USS LCI(L)-663 landing troops from the 126th RCT of the 32nd Division at Morotai, the northernmost of the Moluccas Islands, 15 September 1944.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-663 741k USS LCI(L)-663 and USS LCI(L)-547 landing troops from the 126th RCT of the 32nd Division at Morotai, the northernmost of the Moluccas Islands, 15 September 1944.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar, a US National Archives photo, courtesy Dennis Blocker.
    Artie Hunt
    LCI(L)-663 69k USS LCI(L)-663 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 2006 issue, courtesy of John Eger, USS Hammerhead (SSN-663) in honor of his father, William Eger, USS LCI(l)-663 Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-663 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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