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USS Rail (MHC-37)
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USS Rail (AMCU-37) (1952 - 1955)
LSIL-1022 (1949 - 1952)
USS LCI(L)-1022 (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Hotel - Hotel
NZHH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 3 March 1944, at Albina Engine and Machinery Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 17 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1022, 18 May 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-1022 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landing, 7 and 8 December 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-1022 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

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

  • Decommissioned, 14 August 1946, at Mayport FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL, 28 February 1949
  • Authorized for conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), in Fiscal Year 1952
  • Contract for conversion placed with New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 7 March 1952, conversion completed in September 1952
  • Commissioned Rail (AMCU-37), 13 September 1952
  • Redesignated Coastal Minehunter (MHC-37), 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned, 13 October 1957, at New London, CT.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
  • Sold, date unknown, to Tropicana Products Co., La Ceiba, Honduras, named Abaco-Admiral
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-1022 earned two 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
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-1022 74k USS LCI(L)-1022 moored alongside an unidentified vessel and an unidentified LSM, date and location unknown. Manuel F. Gan Sr. USS LCI(L)-1022
    LCI(L)-1022 388k USS LCI(L)-1022 probably approaching a mooring, date and location unknown. Manuel F. Gans Sr. USS LCI(L)-1022
    LCI(L)-1022 154k USS LCI(L)-1022 crew photos. Manuel F. Gans Sr. is at right holding bucket in top picture. Manuel F. Gan Sr. USS LCI(L)-1022
    LCI(L)-1022 134k
    LCI(L)-1022 123k
    LCI(L)-1022 66k

    USS LCI(L)-1022 / Rail (AMCU-37) (MHC-37)
    DANFS history entry Located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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