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USS LCI(L)-5


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Hotel
NJQH
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)-5 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, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-5, 12 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-5 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
    West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing, 22 January to 29 February 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 leased to the United Kingdom, 19 October 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, disposed of through the US State Department, 3 February 1946, fate unknown.
  • USS LCI(L)-5 earned five 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)-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)-5 448k USS LCI(L)-5 crew being briefed on coming operations (Normandy invasion - 6 June 1944). USS LCI(L)-3 is on their left and USS LCI(L)-4 on their right. Also, in the background across from them are USS LCI(L)-325, USS LCI(L)-326, and USS LCI(L)-8.
    Photo from the May 2014 issue of the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item:, courtesy of Robert Wright Jr.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-5 180k USS LCI(L)-5 high and dry (dried out) at Normandy, circa 22 June 1944. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 635k USS LCI(L)-5 high and dry on Utah Beach, Normandy, France, while taking on US Army walking wounded, 22 June 1944. LCI(L)-5 delivered her passengers to Southampton, England, 23 June 1944. Photo from USS LCI National Association's Newsletter The Elsie Item, December 1995 issue. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 131k Aboard USS LCI(L)-5 two war correspondents observe a demonstration by one of the 20mm gun crews shortly before D-Day, 6 June 1944. Note LCI(L)-325 is just visible in the background. The sailor against the rail is Leo Maragni, the gunner is John Fry and Larry Jelf is far left. The correspondent on the right is Jack Leib. the other correspondent may be Weston Haines. This photo was taken by a third war correspondent aboard LCI(L)-5 that day it may have been Ernie Pyle, or Bill Walton, but there is no confirmation of this. USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association, courtesy Leo Maragni. Caption information Larry Jelf SM2/c LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 703k USS LCI(L)-5 Signalman John Fry. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 112k View of USS LCI(L)-5 conning tower while in the Bizerte Ship Channel leading from the Mediterranean into Lake Bizerte, Tunisia, date unknown. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 183k Two crew members in anti-gas protective clothing aboard USS LCI(L)-5, date and location unknown. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5
    HM LCI(L)-5
    LCI(L)-5 292k Raising the Royal Navy ensign the first time aboard HM LCI(L)-5, 19 October 1944. Photo by Larry Jelf SM 2/c USS LCI(L)-5

    The history for USS LCI(L)-5 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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