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USS LCI(L)-759


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Mike
NQPM
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 (2)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 17 April 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 10 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-759, 22 May 1944, LTjg. William G. Blackman USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-759 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, 5 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landing, 7 and 8 December 1944
    Consolidation of the southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945 and 10 to 16 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-758 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September 1945 to 16 December 19458 September to 16 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 17 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-759 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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
    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
    Armament
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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)-758 46k USS LCI(L)-758, USS LCI(L)-687 and USS LCI(L)-759 moored in China, circa September to December 1945. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair
    LCI(L)-759 83k USS LCI(L)-759 in San Francisco Bay, circa late 1945-early 1946.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", December 1998 issue. Photo courtesy Gerald Atherton, USS LCI(L)-759
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-759 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Blackman, William G. USNR22 May 1944 - 21 August 1945
    02LTjg. Ryther, Coleman C., USNR21 August 1945 - 10 December 1945
    03LTjg. Wienges Jr., O. H., USNR10 December 1945 - 10 April 1946
    04ENS. Adams, J. R., USNR10 April 1946 - 13 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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