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USS LC(FF)-1079
USS LCI(L)-1079 (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Quebec - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 7 July 1944, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1079, 25 July 1944, LT. R. F. Kohlmann USNR in command (May 1945)
  • USS LCI(L)-1079 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-1079, 20 January 1945
  • During World War II USS LC(FF)-1079 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LC(FF) Flotilla Twenty Three, LCDR. R. H. Brazeal USN;
    LC(FF) Group Sixty-Nine, LT. T.T. Brooks USN;
    LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:

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

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-1079 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 10 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-1079 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 July 1947 for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    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)-1079 66k USS LC(FF)-1079 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, September 1945. Bill Welsh in honor of his father Sgt. William C. Welsh USMCR Carmita IX-152 Marine Detachment

    The history for USS LCI(L)-1079 / LC(FF)-1079 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kohlmann, R. F., USNR25 July 1944 - ?

    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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