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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down 21 March 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
Launched 14 April 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-981, 15 May 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-981 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operations
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Nasugbu, 31 January 1945 and 5 February 1945
Leyte landings, 16 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landing, 7 and 8 December 1944
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 10 March 1945
Mindanao Island landings, 12 July 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-981 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 to 19 September 1945||29 September to 16 December 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Sold, 13 November 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-981 earned five battle stars for World War II service.
Displacement 246 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
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
Diesel 800 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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||USS Briareus (AR-12) moored at Espiritu, 20 or 21 July 1944, with
USS George (DE-697) alongside while undergoing a seven-day tender availability. LCIs outboard of George are from right to left;
Briareus had a long tour of duty at Espiritu from 11 Mar to 26 Sept 1944.
Photo from the USS Lunga Point (CVE-94) cruise book.
||USS LCI(L)-981 getting underway at Shanghai while transporting Chinese troops to Formosa, circa 29 September to 16 December 1945.
US Navy photos from the collections of the US National Archives.
|Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
The history for USS LCI(L)-981 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
Last Updated 24 July 2020
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