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USS LCIL-710
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USS LCI(L)-710 (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Echo - November

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Zamboanga, 10 March 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)



USS LSIL-710 was transferred to France redesignated L9035, returned and transferred to South Vietnam
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down 13 July 1944 at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched 21 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-710, 29 July 1944, at Boston, MA., LTjg. James J. Smith USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-710 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Islands landings - Zamboanga, 10 March 1945
    Sulu Archipelago landings, 2 to 4 and 9 to 11 April 1945

    "... LCI710 left Boston, MA with a crew of 4 Officers and 25 men. The ship went to Zamboanga and loaded 200 troops and 13 officers of the 41st Artillery Division during World War II. There was another LCI with us on the beach when we were hit with mortar shells and the LCI 710 received 18 holes. If we had not gotten off the beach the next mortar shell would have been a direct hit to the ship. ..." Frank Ruxlow USS LCI(L)-710
  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1946 at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-710, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, 8 January 1951, redesignated L9035
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI)L)-710 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to US custody and transferred to South Vietnam in 1956
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-710 68k Scale model of USS LCI(L)-710 Frank Ruxlow Jr. USS LCI(L)-710
    LCI(L)-710 191k USS LCI(L)-710 Commissioning Crew Roster Frank Ruxlow Jr. USS LCI(L)-710

    The history for USS LCI(L)-710 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Smith, James J., USNR29 July 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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