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USS Goldcrest (MHC-24)
USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24) (1952 - 1955)
USS LSIL-869 (1949 - 1952)
USS LCI(L)-869 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Xray - India
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 - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 August 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber N.J.
  • Launched, 29 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-869, 7 October 1944, LTjg. J.C. Smith, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-869 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirteen, CDR. M.B. Brown USN (33);
    LCI Group Thirty-Eight, LCDR. G.A. Jaquenot;
    LCI Division Seventy-Seven
  • Decommissioned in March 1947 at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-869, 28 February 1949
  • Authorized for conversion to Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) in FY 1952
  • Named Goldcrest (AMCU-24), 7 March 1952
  • Converted at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Recommissioned USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24) in 1953
  • Designation changed to Coastal Minehunter (MHC-24), 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned in March 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
  • Final Disposition, scrapped date unknown
    LCI(L) Specifications:
    Displacement 236 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
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    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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    LCI(L)-869 35k USS LCI(L)-869, off the Palau Islands, summer of 1945. John J. Kelly Jr. MoMM3c, USS LCI(L)-869
    LCI(L)-869 278k USS LCI(L)-869 at anchor, date and location unknown. David N. Silverman for his Maurice M. Silverman, QM/2c USS LCI(L)-869
    LCI(L)-869 320k
    LSM-14 84k USS LCI(L)-869 and USS LSM-14 entering a floating drydock at Guam in 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LCI(L)-869/ USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24 / MHC-24)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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