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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
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
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
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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||USS LCI(L)-869, off the Palau Islands, summer of 1945.
||John J. Kelly Jr. MoMM3c, USS LCI(L)-869
||USS LCI(L)-869 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||David N. Silverman for his Maurice M. Silverman, QM/2c USS LCI(L)-869
||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
Last Updated 7 August 2009
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