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USS LCI(L)-14


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Papa
NXTZ
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)-14 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, October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-14, 3 November 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-14 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-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, 17 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, 13 February 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-14 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)-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)-218 208k
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3, and
    USS LCI(L)-213 at Bizerte, Tunisia, in preparation for the Sicilian occupation, circa July 1943. Note the Army troops loading onto LCI(L)-14. Photo from Time Life Books, The Italian Campaign appeared in the The Elsie Item, Issue # 46, October 2003.
    Ardie Hunt courtesy Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI(L)-35
    LCI(L)-14 94k USS LCI(L)-14 along with the rest of LCI Flotillas Two and LCI Flotilla Four ready to sail from North Africa with the Third Infantry Division. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-14
    III-SC 182820, Box 187
    1431k From left to right; USS LCI(L)-14, USS LCI(L)-15 and USS LCI(L)-16) loading Army Engineers at Termini-Imerese, Sicily, to reinforce the 5th Army during the Salerno landings, 14 September 1943.
    US National Archives photos # III-SC 182820, Box 187 and III-SC 182822, US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-14
    III-SC 182822, Box 187
    1411k
    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)-14 194k USS LCI(L)-14 and USS LCI(L)-9 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)-14 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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