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Lost due to enemy action, 6 June 1944


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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-6 June 1944 Normandy) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Silver Star (LTjg Arend Vyn Jr. CO LCI(L)-91) - Purple Heart (9 crew members)
LTjg. Vyn was also awarded the French Croix De Guerre

USS LCI(L)-91 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in October 1942 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched in December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-91, 6 February 1943, LTjg. Robert Barbee USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-91 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-African-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African Occupation
    Tunisian operation, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 September 1943
    Sicilian occupation, 9 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-91 was lost due to enemy action at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-91 earned four battle stars for service during world war II
    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)-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)-91 26k USS LCI(L)-91 enroute between Key West and Norfolk, after commissioning at TX., circa February-March 1943. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-91 88k USS LCI(L)-91 Army troops landing at Virginia Beach during training exercises, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCI(L)-91 58k Five USS LCI(L)-91 crew members,at Bermuda while enroute to North Africa in 1943. Only John Rametti, far left, is identified in this photo. Valerie Vierk
    254k USS LCI(L)-91 underway in convoy headed for the Mediterranean, 1 April 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-61831, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Rick Davis
    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)-14 94k USS LCI(L)-91 along with the rest of LCI Flotilla Two and LCI Flotilla Four ready to sail to North Africa with the Third Infantry Division. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-90,91,92,92,94, 74k From outboard to inboard USS LCI(L)-92, USS LCI(L)-94, USS LCI(L)-90, USS LCI(L)-93, and USS LCI(L)-91, at Port Lyautey, Morocco, in May 1943. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-91 92k USS LCI(L)-91 in dry dock at La Goulette, Tunisia, to have her bottom scraped and painted. From left to right: Far left, unknown, possibly Clarence Dahl, Harold Curtis, William McDonahue, William Davis, and Chief Erle Morgan, circa, 1943. Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 91k USS LCI(L)-91 in dry dock at La Goulette, circa, 1943. Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 75k USS LCI(L)-91 crew, circa, after October 1943 but before June 6, 1944. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-91 79k USS LCI(L)-91 on the Dart River in Great Britain prior to the D-day invasion of France, 1944. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-91/LCI-92 27k USS LCI(L)-91 and USS LCI(L)-92 enroute to Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, June 1944. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-91 51k Hulk of USS LCI(L)-91 off the coast of France, date unknown James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-91 44k The bottom of USS LCI(L)-91 was opened up by a surface mine buried in the sand below the ship during high tide. If the water was deeper the ship would be on the bottom out of sight. Photo is from "Omaha Beachhead", published by the War Department in September 1945, page 167. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-91 49k The hulk of USS LCI(L)-91 at Easy Red, Omaha Beach after D-Day, 6 June 1944 Photo by John H. Harry Kellers GM3/c USS LCT-539
    LCI(L)-91 72k USS LCI(L)-91 crew members, at left, Jim Atterberry, died on D-Day, right Aloyzy Coffill, wounded on D-Day. Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 75k USS LCI(L)-91 crew members, at left, Ernest "Hawkeye" Johnson, died on D-Day, right Homer Kinsey sometimes called "Catfish", or "Shorty." Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 121k USS LCI(L)-91 crew member, John O'Malley, ships cook LCI(L)-91, 1943. Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 60k USS LCI(L)-91 Capt. John O'Malley USCG. Valerie Vierk
    LCI(L)-91 54k USS LCI(L)-91 crew member Bob Morris SM1/c, date and location unknown. Valerie Vierk

    The history for USS LCI(L)-91 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Barbee, Robert, USCGR6 February 1943 - ?
    02LTjg. Arend, Vyn Jr., USCGRSeptember 1943 - ?

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