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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 14 June 1945)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LCI(L)-90 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in October 1942 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched in December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-90, 6 February 1943, with a Coast Guard crew, LTjg. William E. Stevens, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-90 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Four, CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG;
    LCI Flotilla Ten, (at Normandy) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operation, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 14 to 30 June 1945
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943  
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(L)90 came under the command of LTjg. W. H. Nadon, USCGR as part of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch USCG;
    LCI Group One Hundred Three, LCDR. B. A. Walliser USCGR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Five;
    USS LCI(L)-90 performed ferry and escort duty between England and France, 7 June to 4 October 1944 until departing Falmouth, England 5 October for Charleston, S.C. She arrived at Charleston 24 October 1944 for availability and refit. USS LCI(L)-90 departed Charleston 5 December 1944 for Little Creek, VA. and Solomon Island, MD. for amphibious training. USS LCI(L)-90 departed Norfolk, Va., 13 December 1944, for San Diego, via Key West and Canal Zone, arriving San Diego. At San Diego USS LCI(L)-90 was attached to the Amphibious Training Group there until departing for Okinawa, 20 April 1945, via Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, and Leyte, arriving off Okinawa, 3 June 1945.
  • USS LCI)L)-90 was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane 14 June 1945 and departed for Saipan and Leyte for repairs
  • Departed Leyte for Galveston TX, in early December 1945 arriving there 14 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 8 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 November 1947, for disposal
  • USS LCI(L)-90 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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
    Speed 16 kts (max.), 14 kts maximum continuous
    2 officer
    21 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
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    later added two .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    two sets of 4 GM Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-90 16k CDR. Jack Dempsey USCGR along with two unidentified crew members of USS LCI(L)-90, date and location unknown. James F. Mateyack for Bobby Smith USS LCI(L)-90
    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
    LCI(L)-90,91,92,92,94, 74k From outboard to inboard USS LCI(L)-92, LCI(L)-94, LCI(L)-90, LCI(L)-93, and LCI(L)-91, at Port Lyautey, Morocco, in May 1943. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-90 42k USS LCI(L)-90 beached while practicing landings troops for the Normandy invasion. Photo was taken in late-April, early-May 1944, location unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    Ramon Jackson
    LCI(L)-496 146k USS LCI(L)-496, USS LCI(L)-85, USS LCI(L)-88, USS LCI(L)-90, USS LCI(L)-92, and USS LCI(L)-491, prepare for the Invasion of Normandy while in an English port, circa 5 June 1944.
    Images are from the DVD "D-Day Code Name: Overlord" with the permission of Denver Collins, Editor, Timeless Media Group, Eugene OR.
    Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-496 117k
    LCI(L)-90 62k USS LCI(L)-90 alongside an unidentified transport off the Normandy invasion beaches loading US Army soldiers for the run into the beachhead, or returning wounded from the beachhead, circa 6 June 1944 Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-90 66k USS LCI(L)-90 in port, circa 1943-45.
    Photo by Signalman John R. Smith, Jr., USCGR.
    Photo courtesy of Robert Smith, son of Signalman John R. Smith USCGR USS LCI(L)-90
    Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-90 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Stevens, William E. USCGR6 February 1943 - ?
    02LTjg. Nadon, William H. USCGRWWII

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI)L)-90
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