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Lost to enemy action, 22 January 1944
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 22 January 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in September 1942 at New York Shipbuilding, Camden, N.J.
Launched in October 1942
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-20, 11 December 1942
During World War II USS LCI(L)-20 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle Theater LCI Flotilla 1 and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
9 to 15 July 1943
|West coast of Italy operations
Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January 1944
9 to 21 September 1943
Final Disposition, lost to enemy aircraft action off Anzio beach, 22 January 1944
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-20 earned three battle stars for WWII service
Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
Light, 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
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
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
Diesel 860 Bbls
lube oil 200 gal
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)-20 off-loading troops, date and location unknown.
||USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
||USS LCI(L)-20 in the background while troops paddle LCR(L) Landing Craft, rubber (Large) rafts.
||USS LCI(L)-20 in the background of photo depicting troops paddling LCR(L) Landing Craft, rubber (Large) rafts
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1944 issue
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||USS LCI(L)-20 after being struck by a German bomb off the beaches at Anzio, 22 January 1944.
||Tom Hunter, photo by his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c USS LCI(L)-193
||HMS LCI(L)-274, USS LCI(L)-20 and USS LCI(L)-39 beached while landing assault troops at Anzio, 22 January 1944. USS LCI(L)-20 suffered a direct hit by a German bomb aft of midships and was abandoned. Photo courtesy Gordon Smith QM1/c USS LCI(L)-43 to the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association.
The history for USS LCI(L)-20 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
Last Updated 13 August 2010
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