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USS LCI(G)-809 (1944 - 1945)
USS LCI(L)-809 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Quebec - Hotel
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 Medal (with Asia clasp)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 7 August 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
Launched, 6 Septembe3r 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-809, 12 September 1944
USS LCI(L)-809 underwent amphibious training and shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay area during September and October 1944
USS LCI(L)-809 underwent further training in November and December 1944 at San Diego, CA. before joining the war in the Pacific against Japan
While at San Diego, USS LCI(L)-809 was converted to a fire support vessel, receiving the new designation Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-809, 31 December 1944
During the first several weeks of 1945 USS LCI(G)-809 transited the Pacific Ocean, by way of Pearl Harbor, arriving at Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, in mid-February. There she began preparations for the Okinawa Invasion.
USS LCI(G)-809 was assigned to:
LCI Flotilla Five, CAPT. T. W. Rimer USNR;
LCI Group Forty-One, LCDR. R. F. Hunnicutt USNR;
LCI Division Eighty-Two and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
Providing bombardment support and patrol and escort services, from April June 1945
Redesignated USS LCI(M)-809, 30 April 1945
Following World War II USS LCI(M)-809 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 15 November 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 March 1947
Final Disposition, sold in 1947, fate unknown
USS LCI(G)-809 / LCI(M)-809 earned one battle star 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
LCI(L) Complement 4 Officers, 24 Enlisted
LCI(G) Complement 5 Officers, 65 Enlisted
LCI(M) Complement 4 Officers, 49 Enlisted
LCI(L) Troop Capacity 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted
LCI(L) 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
LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, 10 MK7 rocket launchers
LCI(M) Armament one single 40mm gun, forward, four 20mm guns, three 4.2" chemical mortars mounted in three 4ft x 4ft wooden walled 2" x 6" high sand boxes on the well deck with the three tripod mortar tubes in position to fire forward over the bow, No. 2 Troop Compartment (under well deck) converted to a magazine
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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||LVT amphibious tractors move past USS LCI(G)-809 (center), bound for the Okinawa landing beaches, 1 April 1945. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).|
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3850 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
|| LVT amphibious tractors head for the Okinawa landing beaches on 1 April 1945. USS LCI(G)-809 is partially visible at left, helping to cover the assault. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).|
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3853 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
|| LVT amphibious tractors head for the Okinawa landing beaches on 1 April 1945. USS LCI(G)-809 is partially visible at left, helping to cover the assault. Photographed from West Virginia (BB-48).|
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3848 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS LCI(M)-809 with two of her sister ships bombarding the cave area on the southern coast of Okinawa where Japanese General Ushijima was holed up, mid-June 1945.
||Ardie Hunt, photo courtesy Henry H. Baxter, Deck and Engineering Officer, USS LCI(M)-809
||USS LCI(M)-809 crew photo taken at Panama, circa 1946. Photo is from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", December 2005 issue, courtesy of Leonard Young, USS LCI(M)-809.
The history for LCI(L)-809 / LCI(G)-809 / LCI(M)-809 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
Action Report, 14 May to 1 June 1945, at Okinawa
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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