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USS LCI(L)-871 (1944 - 1947)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Foxtrot - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSIL-871 was transferred to France redesignated RFS L9033 and later transferred to South Vietnam, named RVNS Tam Set (HQ-331)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 4 September 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 3 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-871. 10 October 1944, LT. W. K. Smith USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-871 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirteen, CDR. M. B. Brown USN (33);
    LCI Group Thirty-Nine, LT, N. S. Williams USNR;
    LCI Division Seventy-Eight
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, and laid up in Reserve
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-871, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, 8 January 1951, redesignated RFS L9033
  • Returned to US Naval custody, date unknown
  • Transferred to South Vietnam in 1956, named RVNS Tam Set (HQ-331)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate 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
    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)-871 26k USS LCI(L)-871 at anchor in Schonian Harbor, Peleliu Island, Palau, 28 August 1945. John Seward
    LCI(L)-871 82k USS LCI(L)-871 at anchor in Schonian Harbor, Peleliu Island, Palau, circa August 1945. Note the damaged bow. Keith Hauger for his grandfather Homer Hauger Coxswain USS LCI(L)-871
    LCI(L)-871 63k
    LCI(L)-871 201k USS LCI(L)-871 crew photo, circa 1945. Back Row, left to right; Coxswain Homer Hauger, Seaman Richardson, Seaman Gross, Seaman Barnes, Seaman Heckathorn, unidentified, Seaman Flynn. Kneeling; Gibson, Unidentified, Boatswain Mate Jacobsen, Seaman Hale, Seaman Gibson, Gunners Mate Potoma. Keith Hauger for his grandfather Homer Hauger Coxswain USS LCI(L)-871
    LCI(L)-871 61k USS LCI(L)-871 crew photo, circa 1945. Officers in the front row are from left to right, Maynihan, John O'Brien, Bill Smith, Kilbourne, Joyce. Homer Hauger is the back row 3rd from the right. All others names unknown. Gregg O'Brien for his father John O'Brien USS LCI(L)-871
    LCI(L)-871 85k USS LCI(L)-871 crew members Patterson and Schantz with an Indian soldier, Palau, 1945. Keith Hauger for his Grandfather Homer Hauger, Coxswain USS LCI(M)-871
    LCI(L)-871 138k USS LCI(L)-871 crew member Homer Hauger in pith helmet with unidentified crew members at Palau, 1945. Keith Hauger for his Grandfather Homer Hauger, Coxswain USS LCI(M)-871
    LCI(L)-871 161k
    LSIL (L9033)
    LCI(L)-871 120k Newspaper article from "Marianas Mariner," dated 14 January 1953, announcing the arrival in Guam of ex-USS LSIL-871 in French naval service as RFS LSIL (L9033)while enroute to Indo-China. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo, Courtesy Bernard Gouhier QM mecanicien RFS LSIL-9033 and RFS Golo (L-9008)
    RVNS Tam Set (HQ-331)
    LCI(L)-871 20k RVNS Tam Set (HQ-331) ship's badge Lee-Jackson Militaria

    The history for LCI(L)-871 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    RFS LSIL-9033 voyage photos San Francisco to Indochina November 1952
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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