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HM LCH-75
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USS LCI(L)-75 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Charlie - Sierra
NDCS
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)-75 was transferred to the Royal Navy
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in September 1942 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.;
  • Launched in November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-75, 5 January 1943;
  • During World War II LCI(L)-75 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, 21 to 22 January, 29 January to 13 February 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 15 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1944, at Sheerness, United Kingdom
  • Transferred to United Kingdom (leased) 14 November 1944
  • Converted to a Landing Craft Headquarters and commissioned HM LCH-75
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 24 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 12 December 1947, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-75 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)-75
    LCI(L)-221,75,19 46k USS LCI(L)-221, USS LCI-75 and USS LCI(L)-19 showing the damage inflicted on USS LCI(L)-75 from a collision with USS LCI(L)-193, 17 February 1944, near Pozzuoli while enroute from Pozzuoli to Capri. Photo-Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM3/c USS LCI(L)-193
    Caption- Donna Sayre Neumann
    LCI(L)-,75,19 48k
    LCI(L)-35 22k From left to right USS LCI(L)-75, USS LCI(L)-231, USS LCI(L)-229, USS LCI(L)-35, USS LCI(L)-193, USS LCI(L)-238 moored at Sheerness, United Kingdom, ready to be decommissioned and turned over to the Royal Navy, circa 14 November 1944. Stan Galik for his father Stanley Galik SC2/c LCI(L)-35
    HM LCH-75
    LCI(L)-264 126k HM LCI(L)-246 moored outboard of HM LCI(L)-113 and forward of HM LCI(L)-75 and a tug in the Azores, circa 1946, while enroute to the United States to return the ships to the US Government as part of the UK/USA Lend Lease program. Photo by Victor Urch Leading Seaman Gunner D/JX 566168, Royal Navy HM LCI(L)-246 Keith Urch for his father Victor Urch HM LCI(L)-246

    The history for LCI(L)-75 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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