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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
LCI(L)-668 was transferred to the Soviet Union, redesignated DS-41
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 15 March 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
Launched, 22 March 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-668, 29 March 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-668 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
USS LCI(L)-668 was decommissioned and transferred as part of Project Hula to the Soviet Union at Cold Bay, AK., 10 June 1945, designated Soviet Landing Ship DS-41
Ex-USS LCI(L)-668 (Soviet Navy DS-41) participated in the Soviet invasion of the Japanese Kuril Islands between 18 August and 1 September 1945
Returned to US Naval custody in 1955 and struck from the Naval Register
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-668 received one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
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
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
130 tons Diesel
200 gal. lube oil
two sets of 4 GM Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-668 and USS LCI(L)-592 along with other LCIs disembark US Army Third Division troops across "Red Beach" during the initial landings of the Invasion of Southern France, 15 August 1944.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 192652, Box 222, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
The history for USS LCI(L)-668 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 14 June 2013
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|