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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LCI(L)-86 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 13 October 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 20 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-86, 23 January 1943, LTjg. Harold A. Levin USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-86 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Four and
    LCI Flotilla Ten
    LCI Group Twenty-Nine
    LCI Division Fifty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-86 was next assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch USCG;
    LCI Group One Hundred Three, LCDR. B. A. Walliser USCGR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Five; for the duration of the war and additional duty after the war - Departing Charleston, 4 December she arrived at NAB Little Creek, 7 December 1944 to undergo amphibious training at Solomons Islands from 10 to 13 December and then undergoing repair, alteration and loading at Norfolk from 15 to 23 December. On 23 December LCI(L)-86 departed for Okinawa via Key West, Canal Zone , San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam, and Ulithi arriving 13 April 1945. There she participated in the following campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 7 September 1945
    USS LCI(L)-86 anchored at Hagushi Anchorage and Nakagusuku Wan, to make smoke to provide coverage for New Orleans (CA-32) and West Virginia (BB-48), as well as to provide smoke coverage and AA fire for merchant ships off White and Brown Beaches. She opened fire on Japanese suicide planes on 3 and 11 June. Arriving at Kerama Rhetto anchorage 14 June she made smoke to cover ships present, making, two trips to Faguahi and return. During June she made smoke 54 different times and went to general quarters 52 times on air alerts. On two occasions she directed 20MM fire at Japanese soldiers on the beach with undetermined results. She continued to make smoke and perform other duties at Kerama Rhetto. In Buckner Bay and at Chimu Wan, during July 1945 she went to general quarters 25 times on red alerts and made smoke 27 times to cover ships in the anchorages. During August she made smoke at Chimu Wan until the 12th carrying mail from Buckner Bay every fourth or fifth day. From the 12th to 31st she made smoke in Buckner Bay and carried liberty parties for the Fifth Fleet. She made smoke 21 times during August and went to general quarters on red alerts seven times. She continued operations at Buckner Bay through 7 September 1945.
    Minesweeping - Pacific - Mine Destruction Unit
    Skagway (East China Sea-Ryukyus Area) - 26 October to 25 November 1945
    Departing Buckner Bay 8 September 1945 USS LCI(L)-86 as part of Task Group 52.6, designated the Wakayama Sweep Group, she proceeded to Wakayama, Japan, to destroy mines in Kii Suido cut by sweepers and to lay Dan buoys. Arriving at Wakayama 10 September she drydocked for repairs. Proceeding to Sasebo, Japan 19 October she was assigned 26 October, to destroy mines in "operation skagway" in Nanei Shote until 8 November 1945. Returning to Sasebo on that date, she departed the 25th for Guam where she arrived 2 December. She departed Guam 5 December, for return to the United States. She reached Galveston, via Pearl Harbor, San Diego and Canal Zone 19 February 1946.

  • Decommissioned, 8 April 1946, at Galveston, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-86 earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commissioned, 13 November 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-85 650k Coast Guard manned LCI Flotilla Four LCI's USS LCI(L)-85, USS LCI(L)-86, USS LCI(L)-91, USS LCI(L)-350, USS Warbler (ARS-11), USS Willet (ARS-12) and the Stevedoring Barge YS-103 moored at Trumbo Point, Key West, FL., 6-7 March 1943. The LCIs were enroute to Europe from their builder in Texas.
    Wright Langley Collection. Image from Flickr courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00042465x.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-218 1976k From left to right, front row:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-326,
    USS LCI(L)-88,
    USS LCI(L)-91 and
    USS LCI(L)-229
    From left to right back row:
    USS LCI(L)-2,
    USS LCI(L)-90,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3,
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-321,
    USS LCI(L)-4,
    USS LCI(L)-86,
    USS LCI(L)-212,
    USS LCI(L)-217,
    USS LCI(L)-8,
    USS LCI(L)-83 and
    USS LCI(L)-94, massed at Bizerte, Tunisia, 6 July 1943 while loading troops for the invasion of Sicily.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # 176486, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    TL 116688944
    87k USS LCI(L)-86 in English Waters in preparations for D-Day, circa 2-5 June 1944.
    TimeLife_image 116688944 by David Scherman. Life Magazine. For personal non-commercial use only and
    TimeLife_image 116688887 by David Scherman. Life Magazine. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    TL 116688887
    LCI(L)-86 93k USS LCI-86 crew photo.
    US Coast Guard Public Relations release

    "Coast Guard Commander W.H. "Jack" Dempsey while recently in Europe inspected a Coast Guard-manned LCI. In the group are, top row left to right; Frank Kluge, Lieutenant (jg), 14 Garden St., BAY SHORE NEW YORK, Ralph H. Herrold, Lieutenant (jg), 411 Washington Blvd., OAK PARK, ILL.; Edison M. Fabian, Lieutenant, 322 Annatte Ave., VALLEJO, CA.; Wado S. Dressler, coxswain, 108 South Lake Ave., ALBANY, N.Y.; Nicholas Kicidis, stewards mate first class, 110 South Pincknay St., UNION, S.C.; James N. Abbot, seaman first class, 249 Brookside Ave., ALLENDALE, N.J.; Lester O. Bousan, boatswain's mate first class, 2110 M. Street, LINCOLN, NEB.; Issac J. Potts, motor machinist's mate third class, MOUNTAIN VIEW, MO.; George E. Howe, gunner's mate third class, 1079 Clay Ave., PELRAM MANOR, N.Y.; Edward Orezechowski, seaman first class, 2934 Davison, Apt 1, DETROIT, MICH.; William J. Lynch, motor machinist's mate second class, 740 East 39th St., BROOKLYN, N.Y.; and middle row: Max Ashinofsky, motor machinist's mate third class, 60-15 Woodside Ave., WOODSIDE, L.I., N.Y.; John Tumas, seaman first class, 80 Harbor View St., DORCHESTER, MASS.; Rudolph T. Kramer, seaman first class, Route 305, NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.; Frederick V. Ahearn, motor machinist's mate second class, 1640 Columbia Road, SOUTH BOSTON, MASS.; Daniel Cavanugh, seaman first class, 512 12th St. BROOKLYN, N.Y.; Commander Dempsey; Harold J. Scott, seaman first class, 3011 Laecas Blvd., FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.; and first row: Fred Moressh, Mach, 13 OAKLAND COURT, POQUONNACE BRIDGE, Conn.; Frederick J. Alles, chief radioman, 5 Cayuga St., FORTY FORK, PA.; Walter E. Jackson, gunner's mate third class, 1313 N. Louise Ave., OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.; Lawrence W. Eisner, seaman first class, 225 Warren St. HUDSON, N.Y.; David E. Cobbs, steward's mate first class, 3741 Rippello St., DETROIT, MICH.; Arthur E. Crane, radioman third class, 9435 Fifth Ave., BROOKLYN, N.Y.; Donald E. Breaner, coxswain, AINSWORTH, NEB.; and Bernard Blidon, seaman first class, 1721 Gwyns Falls Parkway, BATIMORE, MD.". US Coast Guard photo.
    Sean Connor in honor of his grandfather Frederick V. Ahern USS LCI(L)-86
    LCI(L)-86 1690k USS LCI-86 crew photo. 7 November 1944, location unknown. Sean Connor in honor of his grandfather Frederick V. Ahern USS LCI(L)-86
    LCI(L)-86 409k USS LCI(L)-86 crew photo. Caption from back of photo reads "Two guys from Southie [South Boston] meet in Guam after a tour of Europe." Frederick Ahern is on the right. Sean Connor in honor of his grandfather Frederick V. Ahern USS LCI(L)-86
    LCI(L)-86 376k Frederick Ahern at work in the engineroom of USS LCI(L)-86. Sean Connor in honor of his grandfather Frederick V. Ahern USS LCI(L)-86
    LCI(L)-86 104k USS LCI(L)-86 partial crew photo
    US Coast Guard Public Relation release

    "Plainly happy to hit the "beaches of America", after fighting on the beachheads of Sicily, Italy and Normandy, these three-invasion Coast Guardsmen arrived at an undisclosed East Coast port after an epochal round trip voyage over the stormy Atlantic. They went out and returned aboard Coast Guard manned LCI(L)s. Seated, left to right: Coast Guardsmen Murray Rollins, of AUGUSTA, ME.; Max Ashinofsky, of NEW YORK CITY; William Lynch, of BROOKLYN, N.Y.; Fred Ahern, of SOUTH BOSTON, MASS.; standing, left to right; Rudolph Kramer, of NEW YORK CITY; Walter Jackson, of OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.; Leslie Blakeney, of DECATUR, ILL.; Thomas Prestridge, of SHREVEPORT, LA. and Ray Maleski, of YONKERS, N.Y." US Coast Guard photo.
    Sean Connor in honor of his grandfather Frederick V. Ahern USS LCI(L)-86

    The history for USS LCI(L)-86 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Levin, Harold A., USCGR23 January 1943 - ?
    02LTjg. Wesbster, S. S. USCGMay 1945 - ?

    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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