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LCI(L) / LSIL-976
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call sign: November - Yankee - Yankee - Yankee
AMCU / MHC-34 Ortolan
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 15 March 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange TX.
Launched, 10 April 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-976, 5 May 1944
During World War II LCI(L)-976 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Following World War II LCI(L)-977 performed
- Leyte operations
(a) Leyte landings, 5 to 29 November 1944
(b) Ormoc Bay landing, 7 to 8 December 1944
- Luzon operation;
(a) Mindoro landings,12 to 18 December 1944
- Consolidation of the southern Philippines;
(a) Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
(b) Visayan Island landings, 26 March to 20 April 1945
- Manila Bay-Bicol operations;
(a) Nasugbu, 31 January 1945, and 4 to 5 February 1945
Decommissioned, 19 August 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL, 28 February 1949
Authorized for conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) in FY 1952
Contract for conversion placed with Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., 7 March 1952, conversion begun, 15 June 1953, completed, 15 December 1953
Commissioned USS Ortolan (AMCU-34), 21 November 1953, at Charleston, S.C.
Redesignated Coastal Mine Hunter (MHC-34), 7 February 1955
Decommissioned, 23 June 1955, at Charleston, S.C.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 July 1960, to Marlene Bloiuse Co
LCI(L)-976 earned four battle stars for World War II service
- Navy Occupation Service in the Far East, from 8 September to 16 December 1945 including
- China Service, from 8 September to 16 December 1945
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, 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
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)-977 (forefront) along LCI(L)-976 (center), and LCI(L)-966 (far left), landing regimental combat assault troops of the Americal Division at Dumagueete, Negros Island, Philippines, 26 April 1945.
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View the LCI(L)-976 / Ortolan (AMCU-34) (MHC-34)
DANFS history entry Located on the Haze Gray & Underway web site.
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
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