USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24)
USS Goldcrest (AMCU-24) was laid down as LCI(L)-869 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Company, Barber, New Jersey, on 31 August 1944; launched on 29 September 1944 ; and commissioned on 7 October 1944, Lt. (j.g.) J. C. Smith in command.
|Builder:||New Jersey Shipbuilding Company, Barber, New Jersey|
|Laid down:||31 August 1944, as LCI(L)-869|
|Launched:||29 September 1944|
|Commissioned:||7 October 1944|
|Stricken:||1 January 1960|
|Identification:||IMO number: 5000641|
|Class and type:||LCI(L)-351-class large landing craft|
|Displacement:||209 long tons (212 t)|
|Length:||159 ft (48 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Draft:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Armament:||5 × 20 mm AA guns|
World War II Transfer to the Pacific TheatreEdit
With shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay, the new large infantry landing craft departed Key West, Florida, on 12 November for the Pacific, transited the Panama Canal on the 19th, and arrived San Diego, California, on 1 December. There she joined LCI Group 57, sailed for Hawaii on 29 January 1945, and arrived Pearl Harbor on 7 February.
LCI(L)-869 got underway for the war zone on the 15th, refueled at Johnston Island five days later, and reached the Palaus, via Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and Guam, on 7 April. There she joined a picket line which had been formed to seal off by-passed Japanese-held islands in the area from reinforcements and to protect American bases from invasion. While on picket station, LCI(L)-869 repulsed a suicide swimming attack, sank several floating mines which threatened American ships, and heard countless mortar shells whined overhead.
The landing craft was renamed USS Goldcrest and redesignated AMc(U)-24 on 7 March 1952. USS Goldcrest was converted to a minehunter at the Charleston Navy Yard, assigned to the 6th Naval District, and operated out of Key West, Florida. She decommissioned at Charleston, South Carolina, in March 1955 and re-entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Charleston, South Carolina. There she was reclassified a coastal minehunter and redesignated MHC-24.
USS Goldcrest was struck from the Navy List on 1 January 1960 and scrapped.
- Photo gallery of USS Goldcrest at NavSource Naval History