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LCI(L)-697


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 (date unknown) at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-697, 21 June 1944, at Boston

    From Boston the ship made its way to Panama, passing through the canal and on to San Diego, From there the
    ship headed solo to Pearl Harbor where the it trained for about 3 months with Underwater Demolition Teams.
    Tragedy struck one of the UDTs while training with LCI(L)-697 when the entire team was killed in an accident.
    From Pearl Harbor the ship traveling alone set a course for Japan and occupation duty.
    --William. R. Beattie USS LCI)L)-697

  • During World War II LCI(L)-697 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LCI(L)-697 performed occupation duty in the Far East, 2 October 1945 to 1 February 1946
  • Decommissioned early-1946 at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 February 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 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 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 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)-697 74k LCI(L)-697 at San Diego, 15 October 1944. Other ships in the photo include LCI(L)-644 and LCI(L)-789. Mike Owens for his father-in-law William. R. Beattie MoMM USS LCI(L)-697
    LCI(L)-697 124k LCI(L)-697 crew photo, circa 1945. William R. Beattie - photo contributor - is seated, bottom right, front row. Mike Owens for his father-in-law William. R. Beattie MoMM USS LCI(L)-697

    The history for LCI(L)-697 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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