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LCI(L) / LSI(L)-1053


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended) - 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 (date unknown) at Defoe Ship Building, Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-1053, 27 March 1944, at Bay City, MI.
  • During World War II LCI(L)-1053 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following the War LCI(L)-1053 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China
  • Decommissioned, 27 September1946
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship, at South Charleston, W.V. in 1947
  • Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large), LSI(L)-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
    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
    Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    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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    LCI(L)-1053 38k LCI(L)-1053 underway in the South Pacific, circa 1944 to 1946.
    US Navy photo.
    Dr. John E. Norvell III
    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

    This partial history for LCI(L)-1053 was taken 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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