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USS LCI(L)-455 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 10 July 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 26 August 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-455, 4 September 1943, LTjg. G. J. Sullivan USNR in command (May 1945)
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-455, 15 June 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI(G) Flotilla Three, CDR. Micheal J. Malanaphy (14 May 1945 - CDR. R. Eikel USNR);
LCI Group One, LCDR. J. F. McFadden USN (35);
LCI Division Fourteen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 16 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 17 February to 16 March 1945
| Capture and occupation of Tinian, 10 July and 24 to 28 July 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 earned six battle stars for World War II service in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation as a member of LCI(G) Flotilla 3 (31 January to 28 July 1944) for Occupation of Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands and Capture and occupation of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1948
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t. (landing), 419 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) Troop Capacity
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
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
two single 40mm guns
four single 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
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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||Nine LCIs including USS LCI(G)-455 and USS LCI(G)-439 moored together, date and location, unknown.
||Jim Garber for his father George Garber RdM/2c USS LCI(G)-455
||USS LCI(G)-455 at Okinawa, 1945.
||Tim Draper and Ardie Hunt
||USS LCI(G)-455 conning tower and crew, date and location unknown.
||Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI713 restoration crew.
||From right to left:
USS LCI(M)-673 and
USS LC(FF)-679 moored in a nest in San Diego Bay, circa early 1946.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, the "Elsie Item", March 2019.
The history for USS LCI(L)-455 / LCI(G)-455 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
Garber Photo Collection
Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 8 January 2021
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