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USS LCI(R)-1068
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USS LCI(L)-1068 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Quebec - Echo
NZQE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 May 1922, at Defoe Shipbuilding Corp., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 24 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1068, 31 May 1944, LT. F. W. Budke Jr., USNR, in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rocket), LCI(R)-1068, 15 March 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(R)-1068 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Sixteen, CDR. Clarence E. Coffin USN (27);
    LCI Group Forty-Six, LCDR. A. F. Eckelmeyer USNR;
    LCI Division Ninety-One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LCI(R)-1068 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 12 November 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 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
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(R) Complement
    3 Officers
    31 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 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(R)-1070 55k From left to right; USS LCI(R)-643, USS LCI(R)-1070 and USS LCI(R)-1068) moored in a nest at Okinawa, probably in April 1945. Photo taken from USS LCI(R)-785. The family of Leonard Lyn Greisz, EM2/c, USS LCI(R)-785.

    The history for USS LCI(L)-1068 / LCI(R)-1068 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
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