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USS LSIL-1053
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USS LCI(L)-1053 (1942 - 1949)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 17 February 1944, at Defoe Ship Building, Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 15 March 1944
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-1053, 27 March 1944, at Bay City, MI., LT. A,B, Schade USNR in command
  • During World War II LCI(L)-1053 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five, CDR. H. V. Milton;
    LCT Group Thirteen, LCDR. N. Nash Jr.;
    LCT Division Twenty-Five
  • Following the War LCI(L)-1053 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 21 to 24 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 September 1946
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship, at South Charleston, W.V. in 1947
  • Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large), LSIL-1053 in February 1949
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-1053 721k LCI(L)-1053 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Dr. John E. Norvell III
    LCI(L)-1053 184k LCI(L)-1053 moored pierside, date and location unknown.  
    LCI(L)-1053 195k Pet monkey belonging to a crew member of LCI(L)-1053, date and location unknown.  
    LCI(L)-1053 211k LCI(L)-1053 crewman Leonard Russell and and unidentified crew member, Leyte, 1945.  
    LCI(L)-1053 117k LCI(L)-1053 on the south bank of the Kanawha River, Charleston, W.V., 8 September 1947, as passengers prepare to leave the ship during the moving of Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) from its location downtown to its new home on the Kanawha River.
    Photo from USS National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" June 2000 issue.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-1053 129k LCI(L)-1053 on the south bank of the Kanawha River, Charleston, W.V., 8 September 1947, as passengers leave the ship during the moving of Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) from its location downtown to its new home on the Kanawha River.
    Photo from USS National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" June 2000 issue.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-1053 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0) and from information provided by Dr. John E. Norvell III.
    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
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