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USS LCI(L)-725 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Echo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (15 June 1944 Saipan) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 5 November 1943, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
Launched, 10 December 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-725, 24 December 1943, LT. R. A. Gustafson USNR in command (may 1945)
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-725, 15 June 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-725 / USS LCI(G)-725 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
(1944) LCI Flotilla Six;
LCI Group Sixteen;
LCI Division Thirty-One:
LCI(G) Flotilla Three, CDR. Micheal J. Malanaphy (14 May 1945 - CDR. R. Eikel USNR);
LCI Group One, LCDR. J. F. McFadden USN (35);
LCI Division Fourteen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan 15 June to 28 July 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation;
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Tinian capture and occupation|
24 to 28 July 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Transferred to the State Department, 15 October 1947, for disposal
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(G)-725 earned four battle stars in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation as a member of LCI(G) Flotilla 3 (31 January to 28 July 1944) for Occupation of Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands and Capture and occupation of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas
Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5 1/2"
Beam 23' 3"
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
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
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
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
two single 40mm guns
four single 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
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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||USS LCI(G)-725 approaching the beachhead landing zone at Peleliu, September 1944.
US National Archives image.
||USS LCI(G)-725 and USS LCI(G)-726 give fire support for landing craft forming up for assault waves on Saipan, 15 June 1944. Two crew members of USS LCI(G)-726 were killed and several wounded by enemy fire in this action.
||Photo courtesy Tom Moody RM3/c LCI(G)-726
The history for LCI(L)-725 / LCI(G)-725 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 26 October 2012
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