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LCI(L)-971 / LSIL-971

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Xray - Yankee

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1944 at Consolidated Steel Corp, Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-971 in April 1944
  • During World War II LCI(L)-971 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
  • Following World War II LCI(L)-971 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China Service
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-971, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1951
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCI(L)-971 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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
    Complement 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 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
    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)-971 25k LCI(L)-971 at anchor, date and location unknown. Edgar John Spears, RM2/c USN LCI(L)-971 13 August 1943 to 25 March 1946
    LCI(L)-971 164k LCI(L)-971 crew, Shanghai, China, November 1945. Len Block, SM2/c LCI(L)-971
    LCI(L)-971 127k LCI(L)-971 underway on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 23 November 1945. Len Block, SM2/c LCI(L)-971

    The history for LCI(L)-970 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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