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Lost to enemy action, 22 January 1944

USS LCI(L)-20


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
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943
    West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January 1944
    Salerno landings
    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
    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)-20 62k USS LCI(L)-20 off-loading troops, date and location unknown. USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    LCI(L)-20 98k USS LCI(L)-20 in the background while troops paddle LCR(L) Landing Craft, rubber (Large) rafts. Jill Wall
    LCI(L)-20 69k 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
    LCI(L)-20 120k 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
    LCI(L)-20 115k 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. Ardie Hunt

    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
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