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USS LCI(L)-43 (1942 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Lima - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 29 October 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-43, 26 December 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-43 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • While assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater USS LCI(L)-43 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla One;
    LCI Group Three;
    LCI Division Six;

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation, 11 April to 13 May 1943 West Coast of Italy operations - 1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 to 23 January, 7 to 8, 17 to 18, 22 to 24
    and 28 to 29 February 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 22 September 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(L)-43 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Seven, LCDR. J. P. Moore;
    LCI Group One Hundred-Ten, LT. G. A. Lyons;
    LCI Division Two Hundred-Twenty
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-43, 15 July 1945
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and following World War II USS LCI(G)-43 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 October to 1 December 194524 October to 1 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 17 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Raymond H. Clarke, 6 January 1948
  • USS LCI(L)-43 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    Beam 23' 3"
    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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    LCI(L) Armament
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-43 107k Poster "Canada at War" series, No. 27, August 1943, depicting USS LCI(L)-43 unloading Canadian troops during the Sicilian occupation. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-43 54k USS LCI(L)-43 departing the Anzio beachhead at flank speed, 22 January 1944. The smoke in the background is from USS LCI(L)-20. LCI(L)-43 was alongside LCI(L)-20 when the latter received a bomb strike destroying her. Gordon Smith QM/1c USS LCI(L)-43

    The history for LCI(L)-43 / LCI(G)-43 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    02ENS. Uthoff, Ralph A.March 1943 - June 1944
    03LTjg. Geppart, RichardJune 1944 - September 1945
    04LTjg. Geppart, RichardJune 1944 - September 1945
    05LTjg. Haskill, H. L.September 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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