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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)-16 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., (date unknown)
  • Launched in October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-16, 9 November 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-218 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater as part of 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-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January to 8 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, 18 October 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposed
  • Sold, 28 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-16 received five battle stars for WWII service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 3 officer, 21 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 four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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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
    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
    III-SC 182822, Box 187
    LCI(L)-16 541k USS LCI(L)-16 on the beach during the Anzio-Nettuno operation in Italy in early 1944.
    Photo from photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar is a US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker
    Ardie Hunt
    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)-16 27k USS LCI(L)-16 landing British troops on Sword Beach, at Normandy, June 1944. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    LCI(L)-213 574k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-229,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-12 and
    USS LCI(L)-33 moored at Penarth, Wales, England, circa 1945-46. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newletter "The Elsie Item", November 2009 issue.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-16 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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