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USS LCI(L)-956 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Uniform - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 14 February 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, TX.
Launched, 10 March 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-956, 5 April 1944.
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-956,15 June 1944;
During World War II USS LCI(G)-956 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Leyte landings, 18 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-956, 10 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
USS LCI(G)-956 earned two battle stars for WWII service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 30 December 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown.
Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5 1/2"
Beam 23' 3"
Light 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10"aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward 5' 11" aft
Speed 16 kts (max.), 14 kts maximum continuous
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
LCI(L) 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
two 40mm guns
four 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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USS LCI(L)-956 and
USS LCI(L)-957 along with nine other LCIs (including
USS LCI(L)-960) in Drydock #3 at Navy Yard, Long Beach, CA., September 1945.
US Navy photo from the Long Beach Navy Yard newspaper "Drydock Digest", dated 12 September 1945
|Michael J. O'Toole USS LCI(L)-960
The history for USS LCI(L)-956 / LCI(G)-956 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 11 August 2017
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|