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USS LCI(L)-680

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Uniform - Sierra
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 18 April 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 26 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-680, 3 May 1944, LT. W. H. West USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II LCI(L)-680 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five, CDR. H. V. Milton;
    LCT Group Thirteen, LCDR. N. Nash Jr.;
  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-680 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from, 15 to 24 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at US Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 13 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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 860 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)-680 424k USS LCI(L)-680 beached, date and location unknown. Tom Rickels for his father Gerald H. Rickels
    LCI(L)-680 38k USS LCI(L)-680 Commissioning Pennant. Presented to her last Commanding Officer LTjg. Gerald H. Rickels USNR when the ship was decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at San Diego. Tom Rickels for his father Gerald H. Rickels
    LCI(L)-680 241k USS LCI(L)-680 crew list. Tom Rickels for his father Gerald H. Rickels
    LCI(L)-680 131k Permission to decommission USS LCI(L)-680 Tom Rickels for his father Gerald H. Rickels

    The history for USS LCI(L)-680 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. West, W. H. USNR3 May 1944 - 29 March 1946
    02LTjg. Rickels, Gerald H. USNR29 March 1946 - 31 May 1946

    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
    LTjg Gerald H. Rickels Orders to Command and Decommissioning Orders
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