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Lost to enemy action, 17 August 1943

USS LCI(L)-1


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Sicilian occupation and 17 August 1943) - Presidential Unit Citation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Navy Cross (LTjg Carl F. Robison, CO LCI(L)-1) - Silver Star (2) [Rice, Samuel, GM3c USNR and Moore, Eward C. GM3c USNR] - Legion of Merit (Bos'n J. L. Palmer, D-V(S) USNR - Purple Heart - (12)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 3 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1, 7 October 1942.
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-1 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotilla Two and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 27 March to 9 July 1943
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943
  • Lost through enemy action, 17 August 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-1 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for service in Sicily in July 1943 and two battle stars for WWII service.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    Armament
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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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    LCI(L)-1 93k USS LCI(L)-1 broached on the beach at Sicily, July 1943. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-1 45k USS LCI(L)-1 broached on the beach at Sicily, July 1943. Note the bulldozer attempting to get her off the beach. Bill Brinkley

    The history for USS LCI(L)-1 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)

    For more photos and information about USS LCI(L)-1, see:
  • Licata, Sicily landing by USS LCI(L)-1 by Curtis (Boots) S. Boutilier F1/c USS LCI(L)-1
  • Official Action Report - Report of Loss of LCI(L)-1, 17 August 1943
  • Sinking of USS LCI(L)-1 by Curtis (Boots) S. Boutilier F1/c USS LCI(L)-1
  • Sinking of USS LCI(L)-1 by Paul Mascatelli USS LCI(L)-324
  • USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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