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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
  • 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 Specifications:
  • Displacement 385 t.(fl)
  • Length 163' 4"
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft 5' 8"
  • Speed 14.4 kts
  • Complement 4 officer, 25 enlisted
  • Troop Accommodations, 9 Officers, 200 Enlisted
  • Cargo Capacity, 75 tons
  • Armor, 10-lb. STS plating to splinter shields, pilothouse, and conning station
  • Endurance 8,000 miles at 12 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
  • Armament five single 20mm gun mounts
  • Fuel Capacity, 110 tons, lube oil 240 gal.
  • Propulsion, 8 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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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

    View the USS LCI(L)-869/ USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24 / MHC-24)
    DANFS history entry located the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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