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USS Owl (MHC-35)
USS Owl (AMCU-35) (1953 - 1955)
USS LSIL-982 (1949 - 1953)
USS LCI(L)-982 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Alpha - Hotel

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - 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, 23 March 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 18 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-982, 16 May 1944, LTjg. L. R. Dawson in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-982 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Group Forty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 16 to 29 November 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 15 December 1944

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-982 was assigned to Commander Yangtze Patrol for Occupation and China service for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September to 16 December 19458 September to 16 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Group
  • 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, SC, 7 March 1952, conversion begun, 15 July 1953, completed, 15 January 1954
  • Commissioned USS Owl (AMCU-35), 19 December 1953
  • Redesignated Coastal Minehunter (MHC-35), 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned, 1 November 1957, at Boston
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 October 1958
  • USS LCI(L)-982 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    LCI(L) Specifications:
    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
    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
    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
    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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    LCI(L)-982 79k USS LCI(L)-982 and an unidentified LCI beached, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-982 59k USS LCI(L)-982 underway, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-982 104k USS LCI(L)-982 crew photo while underway for Mindoro, circa 14 December 1944. US Army photo Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-982 50k USS LCI(L)-982 beached at Mindoro, circa 15 December 1944 while landing US Army troops. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-982 76k USS LCI(L)-982 with Japanese naval flag, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-982 92k USS LCI(L)-982 and two unidentified LCIs beached, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey, courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    LCI(L)-613 103k USS LCI(L)-982 and USS LCI(L)-613 moored pierside in the background while assigned to China service, circa 19 September to 11 December 1945. The Sailors are from USS LCI(L)-982.
    Photos courtesy Ken Adair Sr.
    Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-613 96k
    LSM-31 45k USS LSM-31 alongside USS Mississippi (BB-41) in the Philippines, circa 1944-45. Photo taken from USS LCI(L)-982. Photo courtesy Ken Adair Sr. Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-982 74k USS LCI(L)-982 moored in a nest of LCIs, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Ken Adair Sr. Robert Morrissey

    USS LCI(L)-982/ USS Owl (AMCU-35)
    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

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