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USS LCI(L)-818 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Romeo - Kilo
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSIL-818 was transferred to France, redesignated L9031
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 21 August 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 21 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-818, 26 September 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-818 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April to 30 June 1945
    Minesweeping operations-Pacific
    Bungo-Suido (Honshu area), 22 September to 20 October 1945
    Skagway (East China Sea-Ryukyus area), 4 to 9 November 1945
    Tsushima Straits (Kyushu-Korea area), 20 to 26 November 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-818 performed occupation duty in the Far East, 2 September to 16 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-818, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, 8 January 1951, redesignated L9031
  • Returned to US Naval custody, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-818 received two 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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    115k USS LCI(L)-818 at anchor, date and location unknown. Note she has been stripped of her armament except for one 20mm gun mount aft. She is probably in use as a Naval Reserve Training Ship. Jim Geldert

    The history for LCI(L)-818 / LSIL-818 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 27 November 2010