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USS LCI(L)-1097


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Uniform
NZUU
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, date unknown, at Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1097, 17 October 1944, LTjg. J. E. Wood USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-1097 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Floger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Five, LCDR. S. J. Kelley USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Ten and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-1097 performed Occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 2 April 1946
  • Decommissioned in October 1953
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1956
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-1097 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    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
    Complement
    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
    Armament
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    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)-1097 502k USS LCI(L)-1097 and USS LST(H)-652 moored pierside, 6 December 1944, at Navy Pier in Chicago, during the 6th War Bond Drive Exhibition, Photo was taken after USS LCI(L)-1097 was commissioned at DeFoe Shipyard and prior to her trip down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and out to the Pacific War.
    US Navy photo courtesy Floating Drydock
    Caption, Toby Mack

    The history for LCI(L)-1097 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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    Last Updated 23 May 2014