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USS LCI(M)-756
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USS LCI(G)-756 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-756 (1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Echo
NQPE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 5 April 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 28 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-756, 11 May 1944, LTjg. M. C. Wunsch, USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified LCI(G)-756. 31 December 1944
  • Reclassified LCI(M)-756, 30 April 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-756 / LCI(G)-756 / LCI(M)-756 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Twenty-One, CDR. L. B. Balliere, USNR;
    LCI Group Sixty-One, LCDR. W. T. Dom, USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Twenty-One and participated in the following campaigns::

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Manila Bay - Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January to 2 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS LCI(M)-756 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 December 1945 to 11 February 1946 
    12 February to 24 March 194612 February to 24 March 1946

  • Decommissioned in July 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-756 earned three battle stars for World War II service as LCI(G)-756 / LCI(M)-756.
  • Final Disposition, sold, 18 November 1946, 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(M) Complement
    4 Officers
    49 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
    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
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    10 MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun, forward
    four 20mm guns
    three 4.2" chemical mortars mounted in three 4ft x 4ft wooden walled 2" x 6" high sand boxes on the well deck with the three tripod mortar tubes in position to fire forward over the bow, No. 2 Troop Compartment (under well deck) converted to a magazine
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 869 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)-756 19k USS LCI(M)-756 in the at Yangtze River, Shanghai, China, 1946 Gerald Barmann LCI(M)-756, October-July 1946
    LCI(M)-951 61k From right to left:
    USS LCI(G)-462
    USS LCI(G)-454
    USS LCI(M)-756
    USS LCI(G)-542
    USS LCI(G)-464
    USS LCI(G)-528
    USS LCI(G)-472
    USS LCI(G)-565
    and USS LCI(M)-951 nested together while moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., in the summer of 1946.
    Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 Calendar, courtesy Max Wright, USS LCI(G) 80 and USS LCI(G)-462.
    Black and White image - Ardie Hunt
    Colored image - Mark C. Lea in honor of his grandfather Keith F. Lea CO LCI(G)-542
    LCI(M)-951 244k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-756 / LCI(G)-756 / LCI(M)-756 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Wunsch, M. C., USNR11 May 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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