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USS LCI(L)-46 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Delta - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 4 November 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 8 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-46, 9 February 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-46 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters 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, 22 February to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 16 September 1944

  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-46, 15 July 1945
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(G)-46 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Seven, LCDR. J. W. Detwiler, USNR;
    LCI Group One Hundred Ten, LT. G. A. Lyons;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Twenty
  • USS LCI(G)-46 performed occupation service in the Far East Theater from 24 October to 14 November 1945
  • Decommissioned in December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-46 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 29 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 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
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    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)-46 116k USS LCI(L)-46 engine room photo by Ken Vinton, former engineering officer of USS LCI-46, courtesy of John Bryan.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", March 2001 issue.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-46 188k USS LCI(G)-46 and two unidentified LCI's moored at Lawley & Sons Shipyard, Boston, in 1946 for post-WW2 decommissioning.
    US Navy Photo, Commandant 1st Naval District.
    Mike Green

    The history for USS LCI(L)-46 / LCI(G)-46 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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