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USS LCI(L)-4


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Romeo - Golf
NWRG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(L)-4 transferred to the United Kingdom

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in July 1942 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched in September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-4, 10 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-4 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCI Flotilla 2 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
    West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 19 October 1944
  • Commissioned by th Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-4 19 October 1944, Lt. Elgar Rowling RNVR, in command
  • Lost, 29 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-4 earned five battle stars for World War II 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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    USS LCI(L)-4
    LCI(L)-218 1976k From left to right, front row:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-326,
    USS LCI(L)-88,
    USS LCI(L)-91 and
    USS LCI(L)-229
    From left to right back row:
    USS LCI(L)-2,
    USS LCI(L)-90,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3,
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-321,
    USS LCI(L)-4,
    USS LCI(L)-86,
    USS LCI(L)-212,
    USS LCI(L)-217,
    USS LCI(L)-8,
    USS LCI(L)-83 and
    USS LCI(L)-94, massed at Bizerte, Tunisia, 6 July 1943 while loading troops for the invasion of Sicily.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # 176486, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-193,4,175 49k From left to right USS LCI(L)-193, USS LCI-4 and HM LCI(L)-179 during landing exercises west of New Haven - in the southeast of England - in preparation for their Normandy landing in the British sector at Sword Beach on D-Day, date and place unknown Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM3/c USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-193,4,175 57k From left to right USS LCI(L)-193, USS LCI-4 and HM LCI(L)-179 beached during landing exercises west of New Haven - in the southeast of England - in preparation for their Normandy landing in the British sector at Sword Beach on D-Day, date and place unknown Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM3/c USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-5 225k Army troops assigned for the invasion of Normandy to USS LCI(L)-3, USS LCI(L)-5 and USS LCI(L)-4,as well as the rest of the LCI Flotillas, wait aboard ship in a British port for the word to go, circa June 4-5 1944. Note USS LCI(L)-326 moored aft of LCI(L)'s 4,5 and 6. Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-4 225k A convoy of Landing Craft Infantry (Large) sails across the English Channel toward the Normandy Invasion beaches on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Each of these landing craft is towing a barrage balloon for protection against low-flying German aircraft. Among the LCI(L)s present are USS LCI(L)-325 and USS LCI(L)-4.
    US National Archives photo # 26-G-2333 from the National Archives US Coast Guard Collection
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-4 91k USS LCI-4 approaching Utah Beach, 6 June 1944. Contributed by Don Endecott, Photo by LTjg. O.C. Yokum LCT-510
    HM LCI(L)-4
    LCI(L)-4 41k HM LCI-4 at anchor with an unidentified LCI(L), date and place unknown. These worn out LCIs were enroute from the United Kingdom to the Pacific war after cessation hostilities in Europe. Bruce Rowling
    LCI(L)-4 44k HM LCI-4 at anchor with an unidentified LCI(L), date and place unknown. These worn out LCIs were enroute from the United Kingdom to the Pacific war after cessation hostilities in Europe. Bruce Rowling

    The history for LCI(L)-4 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

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