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LCI(L)-1098 / LSIL-1098
AMCU-42 / MHC-42 Sparrow
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 - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
LCI(L)-641 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large) / AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):
Laid down, 4 October 1944, by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
Launched, 17 October 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1098, 23 October 1944
During World War II LCI(L)-1098 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCI Flotilla 5 Group 14 (Cdr. H.H. Mattson in command)
Decommissioned, 5 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Reclassified a Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL-1098, 28 February 1949
Named Sparrow and reclassified Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) AMCU-42, 7 March 1952
Recommissioned USS Sparrow (AMCU 42), 23 October 1953
Redesignated Coastal Minehunter MHC-42, 7 February 1955
Decommissioned, 12 April 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 236 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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
LCI(L) Armament 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
Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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||LCIL-1098 moored pierside, date and place unknown.
||Earl F. Swain Flotilla 5 Group 14 staff
View the LCI(L)-1098/Sparrow (AMCU-42)
DANFS history entry located at Navsource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
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