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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:

    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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)-38 64k USS LCI(L)-38 disembarking US Infantrymen of the 3rd US Infantry Division on X-RAY Beach, Anzio in January 1944. Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-38 25k USS LCI(L)-38 disembarking French troops at Provence, France in August 1944. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-38 65k USS LCI(L)-38 disembarking troops of the 1st Brazilian Expeditionary Infantry Division at the port of Livorno, Italy, 11 October 1944. Flavio Mathias
    LCI(L)-38 129k
    LCI-78 69k From left to right ;
    USS LCI(G)-78,

    USS LCI(G)-407,
    USS LCI(G)-473,
    USS LCI(G)-366
    USS LCI(G)-77
    USS LCI(G)-948
    USS LCI(L)-38
    USS LCI(G)-546
    USS LCI(G)-440
    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.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-38 51k USS LCI(L)-38 beached at Parkersburg, West Virginia, circa later 1940s. Robert Pearson

    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
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