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USS LCI(L)-961 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 23 February 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
Launched, 20 March 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-961, 12 April 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-961 in 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-961 / LCI(G)-961 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaign:
Classification reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-961, 10 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 October 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-961 / LCI(G)-961 earned one battle star for World War II service.
|Campaign and Date
|Western New Guinea operations
Cape Sansapor operation, 21 July and 1 August 1944
Displacement 246 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
LCI(L) Complement 4 Officers, 24 Enlisted
LCI(G) Complement 5 Officers, 65 Enlisted
LCI(L) Troop Capacity 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted
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
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
LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, ten MK7 rocket launchers
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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||USS LCI(G)-961 unloading troops Cape Sansapor, late July early-August 1944.
U.S. Navy Photo 127-9>
The history for USS LCI(L)-961 / USS LCI(G)-961 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 7 January 2012
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