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USS LCI(L)-68 (1942 - 1944

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Victor - Oscar
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 (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 1 September 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 11 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-68, 17 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 30 June 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, 4 to 5 February; 18 to 19 February; 28 April to 15 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings 12 to 18 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landing - 4 to 18 January 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944

  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-68, 15 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1946, fate unknown
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) 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
    LCI(L) Armament
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-68 141k USS LCI(G)-68 casting off or coming alongside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", September 1998 issue. Photo courtesy Leo Janetis BM3/c.
    Ardie Hunt
    LST-49 83k USS LCI(G)-68 moored outboard of USS LST-49 at Shanghai, China, 22 to 29 September 1945. Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 146k
    LST-49 155k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-68 / LCI(G)-68 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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