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USS LCI(L)-1054

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - November - Romeo
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
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, 24 February 1944, at Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 21 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1054, 31 March 1944, LTjg W. H. Spicer USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II LCI(L)-1054 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Folger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Seven, LCDR. A. J. Ormstom;
    LCI Division One Hundred Thirteen
  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-1054 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    1 to 5 November 194521 December 1945 - 1 September 1947
    8 to 16 December 1946 

  • Following occupation service USS LCI(L)-1054 was reassigned to the US Trust Territories and homeported at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, circa 1947-48; She participated in first three atomic tests at Eniwetok
  • Returned to the US for decommissioning at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 3 September 1949, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    five single 20mm gun mounts, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    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)-1062 277k USS LCI(L)-1054 and USS LCI(L)1062 off Agrihan Island (formerly (Agrigan) in the Marianas Islands, 15 May 1945.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # UA 557.07,
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-1054 1194k USS LCI(L)-1054 and USS LCI(L)1062 beached, 15 May 1945, at Agrihan Island (formerly (Agrigan) in the Marianas Islands.
    "On 8 May 1945, Task unit 94.19.17, consisting of USS LCI(L)1054, USS LCI(L)-1062 and USS Marsh (DE-699) departed Saipan on an expedition of the Northern Marianas in search of Japanese hold outs and to gather detailed intelligence on the use of the islands “relative to ditching and survival of aircraft personnel returning from bombing missions”. Embarked in the ships were two platoons of the 24th infantry Division, seven air-sea rescue, escape and evasion representatives of the Army Air Forces, a language and military government officer, three native interpreters, and one cameraman named SGT Louis Locantore of the 11th Combat Camera Unit of the US Army Air Force. This photo is from his estate.
    The task unit returned to Saipan on 24 May, having located Japanese on every island they visited. In all, 21 Japanese and Okinawan civilians and 62 natives were brought to Saipan for questioning and medical treatment. A visit to one of the islands resulted in an interpreter killing an armed Japanese man in self-defense when he failed to surrender.
    The date and location stamped the photo do not match the official reports of the mission. According to the report, the task unit arrived at Agrihan Island at 1200 on 15 May (vice 17 May), disembarked their shore parties off the Southwest beach, but found nothing of significance. On the island.
    After reviewing the official records of the expedition, I believe it is the date, and not the location that are in error. According to records the entire task unit was at a different island on the date stamped on this photo and the accounts of the day do not indicate a landing like the one depicted.
    Brian Miller
    LCI(L)-1054 35k USS LCI(L)-1054 under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo labeled "Phillips"
    James W. Hill USS LCI(L)-1054
    LCI(L)-1054 41k USS LCI(L)-1054 at anchor in Lelu harbor, Kosrae Island, now in the Federated States of Micronesia in 1948. Note the mountains referred to as "Sleeping Lady" in the background. Photo courtesy James W. Hill USS LCI(L)-1054
    Caption courtesy Mike McCoy

    The history for USS LCI(L)-1054 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    A History of LCI(L)-1054 by James W. Hill
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