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USS Ortolan (MHC-34)
International Radio Call sign: November - Yankee - Yankee - Yankee
USS Ortolan (AMCU-34)1952 - 1955
USS LSIL-976 1949 - 1952
USS LCI(L)-976 1944 -1949
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines 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 campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 5 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
|Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
Visayan Island landings, 26 March to 20 April 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Nasugbu, 31 January and 4 to 5 February 1945
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-976 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
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
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
USS LCI(L)-976 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 July 1960, to Marlene Bloiuse Co
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 September to 16 December 1945||6 September to 16 December 1945
Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
Light, 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
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
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
Diesel 860 Bbls
lube oil 200 gal
two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
single General Motors Main reduction gears
two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp
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||USS LCI(L)-976 under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
||USS LCI(L)-977 (forefront) along 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)-976 / USS Ortolan (AMCU-34) (MHC-34)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
Last Updated 17 February 2017
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