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USS LCI(L)-872 (1944 - 1949)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Golf - Delta

USS LSIL-872 was transferred to France, redesignated L9038 retransferred to South Vietnam, named RVNS Thien Kich HQ-329
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 6 September 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 11 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-872, 18 October 1944, LTjg. J. F. Parrott, Jr. in command
  • During World War II LCI(L)-872 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, 18 July 1946, and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-872, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, 8 January 1951, redesignated L9038
  • Returned to US Naval custody, date unknown
  • Transferred to South Vietnam in 1956, named RVNS Thien Kich (HQ-329)
  • 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)-872 67k Ex-LCI(L)-872 underway while in South Vietnamese service as RVNS Thien Kich (HQ-329), date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    LCI(L)-872 120k RVNS Thien Kich (HQ-329) underway in 1962, location unknown.
    Official Vietnamese Navy photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships."
    Robert Hurst

    The history for LCI(L)-768 / LSIL-872 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
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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