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USS LCI(L)-702 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Alpha - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LSIL-702 was transferred to France, redesigned RFS L-9035, transferred to South Vietnam redesignated RVNS HQ-328
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 20 June 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-702, 6 July 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-702 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 28 and 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, Zamboanga, 1 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-702, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, December 1953 redesignated RFS L-9035
  • Transferred to South Vietnam in 1955 redesignated RVNS HQ-328
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-702 received two battle stars for World War II service
    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)-702 48k USS LCI(L)-702 and USS LCI(L)-653 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Donna Miller in honor of her father Orvis L. Smith S1/c USS LCI(L)-702
    LCI(L)-702 73k USS LCI(L)-702 crew members, date and location unknown. Donna Miller in honor of her father Orvis L. Smith S1/c USS LCI(L)-702
    LCI(L)-636/621 532k USS LCI(L)-636, USS LCI(L)-621, USS LCI(L)-700, USS LCI(L)-702 and USS LCI(L)-774 and one additional LCI approaching the beach for a landing at Zamboanga, Mindanao Island, Philippines, 1 April 1945.
    US National Archives Records Administration photo #359834, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Morrissey, Beth Golemon, Dennis Blocker

    The history for LCI(L)-702 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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