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LCI(L) / LSIL-976
AMCU / MHC-34 Ortolan

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call sign: November - Yankee - Yankee - Yankee

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
  • 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
    LCI(L) Specifications:
    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)-976 96k LCI(L)-976, date and place unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    LCI(L)-977 89k 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.
    US Navy photo.
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

    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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