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USS LCI(L)-9


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Papa - Yankee
NXPY
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)-9 was transferred to the United Kingdom in October 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in September 1942 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, in October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-9, 23 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-9 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotilla Two and Flotilla 11 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-1944
    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 leased to the United Kingdom, 20 October 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 28 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-9 earned five battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the State Department, 13 February 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-9 114k USS LCI(L)-9 crew and Flotilla staff prior to the North African campaign, March 1943. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 64k USS LCI(L)-9 in convoy with the rest of the Flotilla under the command of LCDR. Wilson enroute to the Tunisian operation in North African to participate in the first wave of "Gaffi Attack Group" (Red). The Flotilla consisted of LCI(L)-1 through LCI(L)-9. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 80k Wounded German prisoners from Rommel's Africa Corp. disembarking from USS LCI(L)-9 at Bone, Tunisia, 13 May 1943. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 66k German prisoners from Rommel's Africa Corp. disembarking from USS LCI(L)-9 at Bone, Tunisia, May 1943. Notice: On deck (left to right) first sailor unknown, Nick Barrette, Roy Hummel, T. J. Lowell, Adams and on the dock at right, LCDR. Wilson and LCDR. William Woods Aryers. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 121k USS LCI(L)-9 in port at Bizerte,Tunisia after the North African campaign in Tunisia. A close examination of the conning tower reveals pot marks received from small arms fire during beaching operations, circa 1 to 9 June 1943. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 71k Roy Hummel MoMM2/c standing alongside the conning tower of USS LCI(L)-9, date and place unknown. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 130k USS LCI(L)-9 moored in Lake Bizerte, Tunisia after the North African campaign in Tunisia. Roy Hummel left and Nick Barrett right, circa June 1943. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 116k USS LCI(L)-9 moored in Lake Bizerte, Tunisia after the North African campaign in Tunisia. Roy Hummel left and Nick Barrett right, circa June 1943. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 129k USS LCI(L)-9 drydocked at Lake Bizerte, Tunisia after the Tunisian campaign, for repairs to the ships loading ramps which sustained damage due to rough seas. The ship was also fitted with extra radio equipment at this time. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 45k Aft deck of USS LCI(L)-9 while in convoy in the Mediterranean Sea. Notice USS LCI(L)-10 follows with USS LCI(L)-8 and others in the distance. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 47k View from USS LCI(L)-9 while convoying in the Mediterranean Sea. To starboard is USS LCI(L)-14 and an unidentified LCI. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 99k USS LCI(L)-9 crew member Breitenstein (with back towards camera) and two unidentified crew members playing cards on the aft deck while underway. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 84k View from USS LCI(L)-9 in the harbor at Anzio while approaching the beachhead, January 1944. Note: The three LCIs approaching the beach ahead of LCI(L)-9. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 95k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-231,
    USS LCI(L)-9,
    HM LCI(L)-104,
    USS LCI(L)-215,
    USS LCI(L)-213 and
    USS LST-197 at Pozzuoli Bay, Port of Nisida in February 1944, after the Anzio operations. The LCIs had proceeded to Pozzuoli Bay after various exercises and then proceeded to beach on "Ranger" beach during the Anzio operation in January 1944. Note: COMFLOTONE commodore's barge near the open doors LST-197.
    Tim Hummel for his father Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11 and Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI 35, courtesy Guiseppi Peluso
    LCI(L)-9 110k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-13,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-9,
    USS LCI(L)-16 and
    USS LCI(L)-238 arriving in port Newhaven, Sussex, a small port near Brighton UK, March 1944 in preparation for the D-day Invasion.
    Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 132k Looking aft from USS LCI(L)-9at the staging area of LCIs and other support ships at Newhaven. Notice picture was taken at low tide. High tide would put water level at top of docks. March 1944 Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 45k USS LCI(L)-9 approaching the beachhead at Sword Beach on D-Day LCI(L)-9 would be in the front of the Sword Beach Assault LCI wave under the New Haven Group of American LCIs commanded by Captain Gotto RN. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 131k USS LCI(L)-9 approaching the Sword Beach beachhead on D-Day. A German 88 artillery piece was raining shells down on the beach. Notice the black puff of smoke to the left of the large house. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 87k USS LCI(L)-9 and USS LCI(L)-12 off loading British troops onto the beachhead at Sword Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. This photo was taken from an adjacent LCI. Note the sailor to the right ducking down to get out of the line of fire. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 68k USS LCI(L)-9 landing the second wave of British 3rd Army troops onto the beachhead at Sword Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. This photo was taken from an adjacent LCI. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 53k View from USS LCI(L)-9 looking to port of an unidentified LCI off loading British Troops on Sword Beach beachhead on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Note: a second LCI approaching the beach astern of the unidentified LCI. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 99k View over the bow of USS LCI(L)-9 of British troops securing the beachhead at Sword Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Notice one dead British soldier on top of German pill box and other wounded soldiers being attended to on beach, also of note is the tank with mine sweeping chains on its front. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-9 84k View from USS LCI(L)-9 of British troops securing the beachhead at Sword Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-14 194k USS LCI(L)-9 and USS LCI(L)-14 disembarking British troops on to "Queen" beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944. In the center of the image more British soldiers can be seen along with a Sherman flail tank. In the foreground mesh is being set down to give vehicles sufficient grip to get off the beach without bogging down in the soft sand.
    Photo and text is from "Above The Battle D-Day: The Lost Evidence", by Chris Going & Allun Jones in association with The History Channel.
    Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-9 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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