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USS LCFF-789
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USS LCI(L)-789 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Zulu
NWJZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 June 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-789, 4 August 1944
  • USS LCI(L)-789 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) USS LC(FF)-789, 20 January 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-789 / LC(FF)-789 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Borneo operation
    balikpapan operation, 26 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LC(FF)-789 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 15 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1957
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 31 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LC(FF)-789 received one battle star 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
    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
    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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    LCI(L)-697 70k USS LCI(L)-789 at San Diego, date unknown. Other ships in the photo include USS LCI(R)-644 and USS LCI(L)-697. Mike Owens for his father-in-law William. R. Beattie MoMM USS LCI(L)-697
    LCI(L)-789 94k USS LCI(L)-789 underway, date and location unknown. LCT-1395 moored pierside in the background. John De Noma

    The history for LCI(L)-789 / LC(FF)-789 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
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 3 February 2012