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USS Sparrow (MHC-42)
USS Sparrow (AMCU-42) (1952 - 1954)
USS LSIL-1098 (1949 - 1952)
USS LCI(L)-1098 (1944 - 1949)

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, LTjg. E.L. Fitch USNR in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II LCI(L)-1098 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five, CDR. M.V. Milton;
    LCI Group Fifteen, LCDR. E.S. Dulcan;
    LCT Division Twenty-Nine
  • 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
    LCI(L) Specifications:
    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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    LCIL-1098 75k USS LCI(L)-1098 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Earl F. Swain Flotilla 5 Group 14 staff
    George Murray

    USS LCI(L)-1098/USS Sparrow (AMCU-42)
    History of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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