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USS LCI(L)-809 (1944-1947)
Later redesignated LCI(G)-809 and LCI(M)-809



USS LCI(L)-809, a 387-ton landing craft, infantry, was built at Barber, New Jersey. Commissioned in September 1944, she underwent amphibious training and shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay area during that month and the next. Sent to the Pacific to join the war against Japan, LCI(L)-809 arrived at San Diego, California, in November and underwent more training. In December 1944 she was converted to a fire support vessel, receiving the new designation LCI(G)-809 at year's end.

During the first several weeks of 1945 LCI(G)-809 transited the Pacific Ocean, by way of Pearl Harbor, arriving at Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, in mid-February. She then began preparations for the Okinawa Invasion, during which she provided bombardment support, as well as patrol and escort services, from the beginning of April until the campaign's conclusion in June. At the end of April, while engaged in these duties, she was further redesignated LCI(M)-809.

After Japan surrendered in early September 1945, LCI(M)-809 took part in occupation work. She returned to the United States in late 1945 or early 1946 and was placed out of commission in early April. USS LCI(M)-809 was sold in March 1947.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS LCI(L)-809, which was later redesignated LCI(G)-809 and LCI(M)-809.


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Photo #: 80-G-K-3850 (Color)

Okinawa Invasion, April 1945

LVT amphibious tractors move past USS LCI(G)-809 (center), bound for the Okinawa landing beaches, 1 April 1945.
Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-3853 (Color)

Okinawa Invasion, April 1945

LVT amphibious tractors head for the Okinawa landing beaches on 1 April 1945. USS LCI(G)-809 is partially visible at left, helping to cover the assault.
Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 75KB; 585 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-3848 (Color)

Okinawa Invasion, April 1945

LVTs and other landing craft head for the Okinawa landing beaches on 1 April 1945. USS LCI(G)-809 is partially visible at left, helping to cover the assault, with another LCI beyond her.
Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 68KB; 585 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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