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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown);
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-960, 10 April 1944. During World War II 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
  • LCI(L)-960 and earned battle stars for participating in the following operations;
    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
  • 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)
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 19 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCI(L)-960 received two battle stars for WWII service
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft 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
    Complement 4 officers, 20 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
    LCI(L) Armament 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
    Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-960 126k LCI(L)-960 crewmembers, Mike O'Toole, Bob Grippi, Ed Guzinski, and Marty DeVito, date and place 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 crewmember, 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 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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