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USS LCI(L)-1017 (1945 - 1949)
USS LCI(G)-1017 (circa 1945)
USS LCI(L)-1017 (1944 - circa 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

USS LSIL-1017 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Lein Chang (AGSC-466)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 January 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 14 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1017, 12 April 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-1017, circa 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-1017 / USS LCI(G)-1017 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 Jan. 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944

  • Designation reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-1017, 10 September 1945
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-1017, 28 February 1949
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1957
  • Transferred (sold) to the Republic of China, circa March 1958
  • Converted to a Coastal Survey Ship and named ROCS Lein Chang (AGSC-466)
  • Struck from the Republic of China navy in 1972
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-1017 / LCI(G)-1017 received three battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    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
    LCI(L) Complement 4 Officers, 24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement 5 Officers, 65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity 6 Officers, 182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) 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
    LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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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    USS LCI(L)-1017
    LCI(L)-1017, 810k USS LSIL-1017 commissioning crew photo, 14 March 1944, at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item".
    Ardie Hunt
    LSM-20 64k USS LSM-20's stern is awash and water is flooding the well deck after the Kamikaze attack at Surigao Strait, 5 December 1944. USS LCI(G)-1017 is off her port side attempting to rescue LSM-20 crew members. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-20 72k USS LSM-20 sinking stern first after the Kamikaze attack at Surigao Strait, 5 December 1944. Several crew members are still aboard, one can be seen on the port side and another on the starboard side clinging to the life lines. USS LCI(G)-1017 is visible off USS LSM-20's port side as she stands by to rescue the LSMs' crew. Photo was taken from a second LCI laying off her starboard side. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-20 46k USS LSM-20 almost totally submerged. Only her bow doors are above water after sinking from the Kamikaze attack at Surigao Strait, 5 December 1944. USS LCI(G)-1017 is visible in the distance. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCI(L)-1017, 93k USS LSIL-1017 in use as a drone aircraft launching platform, circa 1950s. Bill Brinkley
    ROCS Lien Chang (AGSC-466)
    LCI(L)-1017, 33k Ex-USS LSIL-1017 underway while in the Republic of China service as the coastal survey ship Lien Chang (AGSC-466), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    The history for LCI(L)-1017 / LCI(G)-1017 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

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