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USS LCI(L)-1078 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Tango
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 1 July 1944, at Defoe Ship Building Co., Bay City, MI.
Launched, 15 July 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1078, 20 July 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rocket), LCI(R)-1078, 15 March 1945.
During World War II LCI(L)-1078 / LCI(R)-1078 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Sixteen, CDR. C.E. Coffin USN (27);
LCI Group Forty-Eight, LCDR. F. Thompson Jr.;
LCI Division Ninety-Six and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
Following World War II LCI(R)-1078 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from , 2 September to 24 November 1945.
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 February 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
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
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50 cal machine guns
one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
four 20mm guns
two .50 cal machine guns
six 5" rocket launchers
Diesel 935 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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||Overhead view of USS LCI(L)-1078 pierside at San Francisco Navy Yard , 29 December 1944, after completing her conversion to a rocket-firing support craft. The Mk 7 rocket launchers, which fired 4.5" rockets, are the frames visible at the break of her forecastle and abaft her forward 20 mm mounts. A fifth is visible on her port side, just forward of the after 20mm gun tub. These launchers could elevate between 25 and 40 degrees; maximum range was 1,100 yds. The frame above the launching rail held rounds ready to fire; it was fed by hand.
Text and US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
||USS LCI(L)-1078, newly converted, but not yet redesignated, LCI(R)-1078 off San Francisco, 29 December 1944. Her Mk 7 launchers are barely visible. Note that the one just abaft the forward 20 mm gun has been raised to fire over it. The ship has no radar at all, just a "ski-pole" IFF transponder at her masthead
Photo and text and US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
and Robert Morrissey
The history for USS LCI(L)-1078 / LCI(R)-1078 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
Last Updated 6 September 2013
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