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USS LCI(L)-778

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Uniform - Victor
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 (2) - 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, 3 July 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 23 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-778, 11 August 1944, LTjg. W. B. Chinn, USNR in command
  • During World War II LCI(L)-778 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS Flotilla One (flagship) CAPT. R. E. Arison and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 8 to 25 March and 17 to 23 April 1945
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 7 to 12 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-778 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    3 September to 10 December 19453 September to 10 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-778 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 246 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
    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
    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
    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)-778 263k USS LCI(L)-778 commissioning ceremony and crew photos, 11 August 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR. Gerald D. (Jerry) Hobson
    LCI(L)-778 255k
    LCI(L)-778 193k
    LCI(L)-778 308k USS LCI(L)-778 rescued a downed Japanese pilot during the Battle of Manila Bay, 24-26 February 1945. Gerald D. (Jerry) Hobson
    LCI(L)-778 370k USS LCI(L)-778 crew photo taken at Mindoro, Philippines Islands, date unknown. Gerald D. (Jerry) Hobson
    LSM-231 80k USS LSM-231, USS LCI(L)-778 and an unidentified LSM moored at Shanghai, China, circa 3 September to 10 December 1945. Earl Jensen to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LCI(L)-778 Crew Photos
    Henry Maynard VerPlanck
    Raymond Finney
    Charles Berbert LeDuc
    Charles Vidmar
    Richard Olson

    The history for LCI(L)-778 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
    Official History for USS LCI(L)-778
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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