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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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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||USS LCI(L)-663 beached, date and location unknown.
||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.
||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.
||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
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
Last Updated 20 February 2009
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