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USS LCI(L)-789 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Zulu
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:
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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
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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||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
||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
Last Updated 3 February 2012
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