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Brief History of USS LCI-1027 by Harold G Hoffman LCT-1027
1/25/1945 Boarded the 1027 at Port Hueneme, CA near Oxnard. We ran between the port and San Nicholas Island and probably practiced beach landings. 2/8-9 it was to San Diego and back to port where we then landed at San Nicolas on the 12th, 13th and 15th. 2/22-23 to San Diego for repairs in drydock. Repairs could have been when new steel plates were welded along the deck and conning tower. 2/28 We were told that we were leaving for the Forward Area. 3/6 We did know that our first stop would be Pearl Harbor in a flotilla of 12 or 16 LCIs. On night in a severe storm we collided with another LCI that had a hole put in their stern above the water line. On 3/16 we arrived at Pearl Harbor. The damaged LCI was repaired at dock side and was able to continue onward. Our bow doors were in question for any broken seals so we went into drydock for checking. Another LCI replaced us in the flotilla and we were assigned to DesPac for duty. Our new duty was to transport Marines out to Kahoolawe Island where they would spend several days placing targets for the ships to practice shelling before going to the forward area. We anchored in Maalaea Bay off shore near the Underwater Demolition Team Base.We then would take the Marines back to Pearl until the next time. We worked with many ship Including New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama destroyer Franks and others. The Iowa was also nearby as we were told. This is not a guarantee that these were correct. I know the Franks was a destroyer and have pictures. 6/20 It was Kanaloa Basin in Honolulu for repairs from LCI 716 hitting us while we were at dock at Pearl Harbor. 7/6 To the island of Hawaii. Did more trips to Kahoolawe till the war ended. 8/14 War ends 8/14 in USA 11/3 back to drydock. 11/13-18 a trip to Hilo arriving back to Pearl on the 18th. 11/23-24 to Kahului to escort an LCT back to Pearl (?) 11/25 Told that we going home. 11/28 We left Pearl Harbor and arrived at San Diego 12/8
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|270k||USS LST-990 under way in January-February 1945, with
LCT-1027 on deck. LCT-990 transported LCT-1027 between Port Hueneme, CA. and San Nicholas Island
where the LCT practiced beach landings.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-453273.
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