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USS Cotinga (MHC-22)
USS Cotinga (AMCU-22) (1952 - 1955)
USS LSIL-776 (1949 - 1952)
USS LCI(L)-776 (1944 - 1949)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Tango - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 10 June 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
Launched, 9 July 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-776, 3 August 1944, LT, Eric Karlson USNR in command
During World War II USS LCI(L)-776 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Twenty Two, CDR. Marion M. Byrd, USN and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 to 18 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-776 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 September to 20 December 1945||8 September to 20 December 1945
While assigned to China Service USS LCI(L)-776 was assigned to Commander Yangtze Patrol Force
Decommissioned, 20 April 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton, WA.
Redesignated LSIL-776, 28 February 1949
Authorized for conversion to Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) in FY 1952
LSIL-776 was named Cotinga and reclassified, AMCU-22, 7 March 1952
Contract for conversion placed with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Conversion begun, 21 September 1953, completed, 2 April 1954
Placed in service, date unknown
Reclassified MHC-22, 7 February 1955
Placed out of service, 1 January 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-776 received the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands
area, 6 January to 15 February 1945, and earned two battle stars for World War II service
Sold, 6 May 1960, to Oaksmith Boat Sales, WA. for use as a fishing boat and renamed F/V Baranof
Acquired in 1961 by John J. Zappone of Spokane, WA
Operated in 1967 under the British flag
Operated in 1980 under the Panamanian flag by Rogreman Compania Maritima, S.A. for use as a hydrographic research vessel and renamed R/V Chita
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large) Specifications:
Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
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
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
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
Diesel 860 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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||USS LCI(L)-776 commissioning crew photo, 3 August 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR. Officers are from bottom to top:
Commanding Officer LT, Eric Karlson - Executive Officer E. O. Schwartz - Engineering Officer Ed Murphy - Commissary and Communication Officer, Louis "Lou" Scolnik.
US Navy photo.
|Lou Scolnik USS LCI(L)-1033
||USS LCI(L)-776 enroute to Zamboanga, with members of Co. E. 21st Regiment, 24th Division aboard, date unknown.
Photo taken from USS LCI(L)-1033 by Robert N. Rosenthal.
|William Rosenthal for his father LCDR. Robert N. Rosenthal USNR USS LCI(L)-1033
||USS LCI(L)-776 lays between an LST with LCT-591 loaded on her deck and LCT-1412 at a ramp in Okinawa, circa late 1945.
The history for USS LCI(L)-776 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
History of LCI Flotilla 22
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
Last Updated 10 November 2017
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