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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 7 May 1945 Palaus Islands) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (1-KIA, 8 WIA, 7 May 1945 Palau Islands)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, (date and place unknown)
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-821, 30 September 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-821 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LCI(L)-821 performed occupation duty in the Far East, 21 October to 23 October 1945 and 30 October to 2 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-821 101k Aboard LCI(L)-821 Seaman First Class Johnny Risch (fourth from the left) stands between his mates on number three gun, Buddy Nokes and Earl Tennermann to receive Purple Heart medals at a ceremony aboard LCI(L)-821, 4 August 1945. These men were wounded in action on 7 May 1945 at Palau Islands while defending one of the picket lines against infiltration by the Japanese. LCI(L)-821 20mm guns were outranged by the enemy's field artillery, mortars, and 6-inch batteries. The LCI(L)-821 lost her Executive Officer and a number of men, and several were wounded.
    Photo from LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #47, January 2004. Photo courtesy of Ron Risch, for his father Johnny Risch USS LCI(L) 821)
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-821 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

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    Last Updated 23 April 2004