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USS LC(FF)-679
USS LCI(L)-679 (1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 17 April 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 29 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-679, 29 April 1944, LT. W. L. Emerson USNR in command (May 1945)
  • USS LCI(L)-679 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-679, 31 December 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-679 / LC(FF)-679 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LC(FF) Flotilla Twenty-Three LCDR. R. H. Brazeal;
    LC(FF) Group Sixty-Nine, LT. T. T. Brooks;
    LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 14 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LC(FF)-679 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 November 1945 to 15 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LC(FF)-679 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    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 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 130 tons
    lube oil 200 gal
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    The history for USS LCI(L)-679 / LC(FF)-679 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Emerson, W. L., USNR29 April 1944 - ?

    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
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