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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 22 October 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 30 November 1942
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-38, 9 February 1943
During World War II USS LCI(L)-38 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 6 June 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 January 1948, for disposal
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-38 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||West Coast of Italy operations
Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings, 22 to 23 January, and 26 to 28 January 1944
Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
||Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 10 september 1944
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)-38 disembarking US Infantrymen of the 3rd US Infantry Division on X-RAY Beach, Anzio in January 1944.
||USS LCI(L)-38 disembarking French troops at Provence, France in August 1944.
||USS LCI(L)-38 disembarking troops of the 1st Brazilian Expeditionary Infantry Division at the port of Livorno, Italy, 11 October 1944.
||From left to right ;
USS LCI(G)-439 moored in a nest at Pearl Harbor, July 1945.
Photo from the LCI National Association's Newsletter "The Elsie
Item", June 1996 issue.
||USS LCI(L)-38 beached at Parkersburg, West Virginia, circa later 1940s.
The history for USS LCI(L)-38 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 30 January 2015
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