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USS LCI(R)-707
USS LCI(L)-707 (1944 - 1945)

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

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

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 3 July 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 12 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-707, 20 July 1944
  • Classified Landing Craft Large (Rocket) LCI(R)-707, 15 March 1945, LTjg. H. M. Karanemont USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-707 / USS LCI(R)-707 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Sixteen, CDR. C.E. Coffin USN (27);
    LCI Group Forty-Eight, LCDR. F. Thompson Jr.;
    LCI Division Ninety-Five and participated in the following campaigns/actions:

    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, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(R)-707 performed Occupation duty in the Far East from 3 September to 2 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-707 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(R) Complement
    3 Officers
    31 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 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)-651 398k USS LCI(R)-651 with other units of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force, at Maui, rehearsing for the Iwo Jima landings, date unknown. Other amphibious craft include: USS LCI(R)-707, USS LCI(R)-708, USS LCI(R)-1030, USS LCI(R)-772, USS LCS(L)(3)-56 and USS LCS(L)(3)-55.
    Photo from the July 2010 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item".
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-1077 60k USS LCI(R)-707 and LCI(R)-1070 along with other Flotilla 21 ships provide fire support for the Iwo Jima landings of 19 February 1945. The battleship in the background is unidentified. Photo courtesy Larry Roth RM1/c and Lt(jg) Ross Fragle USS LCI(R)-1077.
    LCI(R)-707 83k USS LCI(R)-707 firing her rockets during the initial assault on Iwo Jima assault, 9 February 1945. Bill Brinkley
    98k Chart of all LCI(R) rocket targets which bombarded the North and South flanks of the main amphibious landing on L-Day of Operation Iceberg, the invasion of Okinawa. These LCI(R)s belonged to Flotilla SIXTEEN (CDR C.E. Coffin, Jr), referred to as Task Group 52.20, and comprised of 6 Task Groups, each in turn comprised of 6 LCI(R)s (for 36 LCIR)s total):
    South Flank:
    52.20.1 - USS LCI(R)-642, USS LCI(R)-650, USS LCI(R)-707, USS LCI(R)-771, USS LCI(R)-772, USS LCI(R)-1077;
    52.20.2 - USS LCI(R)-651, USS LCI(R)-708, USS LCI(R)-1028, USS LCI(R)-1029, USS LCI(R)-1030, USS LCI(R)-1078;
    In Reserve:
    52.20.3 - USS LCI(R)-643, USS LCI(R)-644, USS LCI(R)-645, USS LCI(R)-646, USS LCI(R)-769, USS LCI(R)-770.
    North Flank:
    52.20.4 - USS LCI(R)-647, USS LCI(R)-648, USS LCI(R)-649, USS LCI(R)-762, USS LCI(R)-763, USS LCI(R)-764;
    52.20.5 - USS LCI(R)-785, USS LCI(R)-1024, USS LCI(R)-1026, USS LCI(R)-1068, USS LCI(R)-1069, USS LCI(R)-1070;
    52.20.6 - USS LCI(R)-704, USS LCI(R)-705, USS LCI(R)-706, USS LCI(R)-765, USS LCI(R)-766, USS LCI(R)-767;
    LCDR. Gary Frogner, USN Ret. for his father ENS. Louis Frogner, USNR Engineering Officer LCI(R)-1024

    The history for USS LCI(L)-707 / USS LCI(R)-707 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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