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USS LCI(L)-872 (1944 - 1949)
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
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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||Ex-LCI(L)-872 underway while in South Vietnamese service as RVNS Thien Kich (HQ-329), date and location unknown.
||RVNS Thien Kich (HQ-329) underway in 1962, location unknown.
Official Vietnamese Navy photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships."
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
Last Updated 13 June 2014
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