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USS LCI(L)-1091 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Uniform - Victor
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 (2)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 August 1944, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 14 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1091, 21 September 1944, LTjg. Henry S. Allen Jr. USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LCIL-1091 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Floger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Six, LTjg. C. M. Reese USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Eleven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April to 30 June 1945
    Minesweeping Operations-Pacific
    Kochi-Shikoku (Honshu area), 8 to 16 September 1945
    Nagoya (Honshu area), 28 September to 25 October 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-1091 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East, from 2 September to 16 December 1945
  • USS LCI(L)-1091 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.3 (Service Group - Dispatch Boat and Boat Pool for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-1091, 28 February 1949
  • During the Korean War USS LSIL-1091 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    13 March to 21 April 1951
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 20 June 1951
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 20 June 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    9 February to 20 March 1952

  • Converted to an Epidemiological Control Ship in 1951
  • Decommissioned at Astoria, OR. in 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-1091 earned two battle stars for World War II service and as LSIL-1091 received four battle stars for Korean War service
  • Sold for commercial use as a salmon cannery ship on the Yukon River in Alaska from1961 to 1985
  • Purchased by Dr. Ralph Davis in 1988 and moved to Eureka, CA. where she fished Albacore from 1995 to 2003
  • Current Disposition, donated to the Humboldt Bay Naval Sea/Air Museum at Eureka, CA. in December 2005
  • USS LSIL-1091 is currently the flagship of the USS LCI National Association and will be open to the public as a memorial ship in the spring of 2006 while she is undergoing restoration.
    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
    Propulsion - As Built
    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
    Current - two GM 12V-71's w/reverse gears, BHP 800, twin variable pitch propellers are now locked

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    LCI(L)-1091 83k USS LCI(L)-1091 in mint condition shortly after being commissioned. Note that the bow of USS LCI(L)-1092 is just visible astern of LCI(L)-1091. Photo from USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 calendar, courtesy of Sherman Anderson) Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-1091 336k USS LCI(L)-1091 commissioning officers and crew.  
    LCI(L)-1091 16k USS LCI(L)-1091 beached, date and location unknown. Charles Jiardina for his father Louis Jiardina USS LCI(L)-1091
    LCI(L)-1091 47k USS LCI(L)-1091 three crew members, date and location unknown. Charles Jiardina for his father Louis Jiardina USS LCI(L)-1091
    LCI(L)-1091 46k USS LCI(L)-1091 conning tower with two painted ladies above the hull number. One of the ladies was painted by Louis Jiardina. Charles Jiardina for his father Louis Jiardina USS LCI(L)-1091
    LCI(L)-1091 129k USS LCI(L)-1091 in dry dock, date and location unknown. Charles Jiardina for his father Louis Jiardina USS LCI(L)-1091
    LCI(L)-1091 69k USS LCI(L)-1091 beached during a training exercise at San Nicolas Island in 1944, Henry Allen for his father LT. Henry S. Allen Jr. CO USS LCI(L)-1091
    LCI(L)-1091 42k USS LSIL-1091 at Koje-do, Korea. circa 1951 Submitted by Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Source, "Naval Institute Proceedings", March 2001
    Courtesy Virginia Martin
    LCI(L)-1091 70k USS LSIL-1091 which carried the U.S. Navy’s experimental epidemic control laboratory tied up to an unidentified APL at Tokyo for inspection by Far East Command senior medical officers before commencing operations in the Korean War seas, circa 1953.
    US Navy photo # USN 426582
    National Museum of US Naval History
    LCI(L)-1091 86k Ex USS LCI(L)-1091 moored at Eureka CA., 30 May 1996. USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    LCI(L)-1091 69k Ex-USS LCI(L)-1091 underway in Humboldt Bay at the California State Reunion in Eureka, 6 June 2002. Photo courtesy Captain Ralph & 1st Mate Bobbie Jo Davis
    LCI(L)-1091 194k Ex-USS LCI(L)-1091 moored in Humboldt Bay, CA. date unknown.
    Photo copyright Eureka Times-Standard
    Richard Christen

    The history for USS LCI(L)-1091 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Allen Jr., Henry S., USNR21 September 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
    The Loyel Hoseck Story ©Glenn M. Moberly
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