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USS LCI(L)-966 (1944 - 1949)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Whiskey - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 6 March 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
Launched, 23 March 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-966, 19 April 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-966 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
Leyte landings, 5 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landing, 7 to 8 December 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations;
Nasughu, 31 January 1945
Mariveles - Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
|Western New Guinea operations;
Morotai landing, 15 September 1944
|Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines;
Visayan Island landing, 28 February 1945
Mindanao Island landings, 12 to 13 July 1945 and 26 July 1945
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-966 performed occupation duty in the Far East, from 8 September to 16 December 1945 including China Service, from 8 September to 16 December 1945
Decommissioned, March 1946
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Spring, FL.
Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-966, 28 February 1949
Named Medrick and reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) AMCU-31, 7 March 1952
Conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) canceled, 1 July 1954
Reverted to LSIL-966, July 1954
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-966 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 216 t.(light), 250 t.(landing), 387 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
Draft Light, 3'1½" mean, Landing, 3' 0" forward, 5' 0" aft, Loaded, 5' 8" forward, 5' 11" aft
Speed 16 kts (max.), 14 kts maximum continuous
Complement 4 officers, 24 enlisted
Troop Capacity 9 Officers, 196 Enlisted
Cargo Capacity 75 tons
Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
Endurance 8,000 miles at 12 kts, 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, 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 one bow mounted, two forward, two aft
Fuel Capacity 110 tons fuel oil, 33 tons water, 5 tons lube oil
Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-966 loading 77th Division troops at Dulag, Leyte, 6 December 1944.
||LeRoy A. Olson
||USS LCI(L)-966 landing 77th Division troops at Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 7 December 1944. After the landing the attack group came under 10 hours of continuous air attack on the way back to Leyte Gulf. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2007 calendar, courtesy of Don Connell CSM and Don Gillig Sr.
||A view from the con of USS LCI(L)-966 as the Mariveles, Bataan, Luzon landing force comes under fire from the heavy guns of Corregidor Island, 15 February 1945. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2005 calendar, courtesy of Frank Slatinshek Group 43
||USS LCI(L)-977 (forefront) along with USS LCI(L)-976 (center), and USS LCI(L)-966 (far left), landing regimental combat assault troops of the Americal Division at Dumagueete, Negros Island, Philippines, 26 April 1945.
US Navy photo.
|USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
||USS LCI(L)-966 in Chinese waters, date and location unknown.
||LeRoy A Olson
The history for USS LCI(L)-966 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
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
Last Updated 15 December 2006
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