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USS LCI(L)-960

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Romeo
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 21 February 1944, at Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 14 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-960, 10 April 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-960 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, serving as flagship for LCI Group 23, Flotilla 8 and conducted training and practice landings at:
    Milne Bay, New Guinea, 20 June to 1 July 1944
    Buna, New Guinea, 1 to 3 July 1944
    Torokina Point, Bougainville, 7 July to 25 August 1944
    Alexishaven, New Guinea, 27 August to 2 September 1944
    Hollandia, 5 to 12 September 1944
    Wenda Island, 13 to 15 September 1944
    Hollandia, 16 September to 17 November 1944
  • USS LCI(L)-960 participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operations,
    Ormoc Bay landings, 9 December 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations;;
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
  • USS LCI(L)-960 conducted additional operations at:
    Leyte Gulf; 24 November to 8 December 1944 and 12 December 1945 to 3 January 1945
    Panay Island, 5 January 1945, 14 to 25 January 1945
    Mindoro Island, 7 to 11 January 1945 and 1 February to 17 April 1945
    Lubang Island, 1 March 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-960 earned two battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 19 February 1948
  • 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)-960 126k USS LCI(L)-960 crew members, Mike O'Toole, Bob Grippi, Ed Guzinski, and Marty DeVito, date and location unknown. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", April 2005 issue. Photo courtesy Mike O'Toole. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-960 43k LCI(L)-960 crew member, Dave Snider RT1/c, escorting a Japanese prisoner aboard ship on D-Day at Lubang Island, Philippines, 1 March 1945. When LCI(L)-960 landed her troops, this Japanese soldier came running out of the woods and into the hands of an American soldier who then brought him back to the ship. Dave Snider had to carry the prisoner from the shore to the ship's ramp because of the high water. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie Item", December 2005 issue, courtesy Mike O'Toole USS LCI(L)-960. Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-960 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

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