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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LCI(L)-40 was sold to the Dominican Republic named Beller (BDI-101)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 26 October 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 1 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-40, 26 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-40 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater 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-Nuttuno advanced landings, 25 to 30 January 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-40 earned four battle stars for WWII service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 8 January 1947, for disposal
  • Sold in 1947 to the Dominican Republic at auction in Trinidad, named Beller (BDI-101)
  • Disposed of by the Dominican Republic Navy, scrapped in 1957
    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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    USS LCI(L)-40
    LCI(L)-40 18k USS LCI(L)-40 at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE), Newport News VA. circa 1944 The Library of Virginia
    US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    LCI(L)-251 365k In a dress rehearsal for Operation Dragoon US infantrymen board USS LCI(L)-40 and HM LCI(L)-251 and other LCIs at Pozzuoli, Italy, 6 August 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC192679 by Stubenrauch, 163rd Signal Photo Co., now in the collections of the US National Archives, NARA, College Park,MD.
    Dave Kerr
    Beller (BDI-101)
    LCI(L)-40 33k Ex-USS LCI(L)-40 underway in Dominican Republic service as Beller (BDI-101), circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-40 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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