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Lost 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 (LT Robert M. Salmon CO LCI(L)-92) - Purple Heart (number unknown for 6 June 1944)

USS LCI(L)-92 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 9 November 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 3 January 1943
  • Accepted by the Navy, 12 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-92, 15 February 1943, LT. Robert M. Salmon, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-92 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater joining
    LCI Flotilla Four, CAPT. Myles Imlay, USCG
    LCI Group Ten
    LCI Division Twenty at Galveston, TX.
    LCI Flotilla Ten (at Normandy) and participated in the following campaigns:

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

  • USS LCI(L)-92 was lost due to enemy action at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. At 0810 on D-Day, and explosion occurred in Troop Compartment #1 causing the compartment to catch on fire. The ship was consequently stranded on Normandy beach, holed and burned out
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1944
  • USS LCI(L)-92 earned four 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)-90,91,92,92,94, 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)-93 73k USS LCI(L)-93 and USS LCI(L)-85, USS LCI(L)-92, USS LCI(L)-84 and USS LCI(L)-349 moored pierside and forward of two unidentified transports at the Pig Iron Battle Fleet Site, Oran, Algeria, October 1943.
    Photo by John R Smith Jr. USS LCI(L)-90.
    Robert G. Morrissey
    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 G. Morrissey
    LCI(L)-496 117k
    LCI(L)-91.LCI-92 63k USS LCI(L)-91 and LCI(L)-92 enroute to Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, June 1944. James Mateyack and Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-92 70k USS LCI(L)-92 lays abandoned on Omaha Beach after D-Day, 6 June 1944. Photo was taken several days after D-Day. Note the hull number has been removed for censorship purposes. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-92 70k USS LCI(L)-92 lays broached on Omaha Beach, date unknown.
    Photo from "Coast Guard at War: Landings in France"
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-92 26k USS LCI(L)-92 abandoned on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, after D-Day. Note bulldozers attempting to move or secure the ship. Franklin Vyn
    LCI(L)-92 26k USS LCI(L)-92 abandoned on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, after D-Day. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-92 71k Close-up view of damage sustained by USS LCI(L)-92 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day. 6 June 1944. James Mateyack and Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-92 47k USS LCI(L)-92 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, June 1944 after being abandoned by her crew on D-Day.
    National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-92 18k Close-up view of damage sustained by USS LCI(L)-92 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day. 6 June 1944. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-92 23k Close-up view of damage sustained by USS LCI(L)-92 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day. 6 June 1944. James Mateyack
    LCI(L)-92 99k The stern of the wrecked LCT 2337, is shown, and a section of floating dock in the foreground; left, is the USS LCI(L)-92, grouned on D-Day on Omaha Beach. Right, is the LCT 199 and in the background USS LST-543 is being battered by the surf on Omaha Beach during a coastal stomm on 21 June 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo # SC 193919
    James Mateyack
    338k USS LCI(L)-92 and USS LST-543 on Omaha Beach, between 19 June and 16 July 1944. At approximately 0800 on 6 June 1944, D-Day, USS LCI(L)-92 was making a straight-in approach onto "Dog White" beach, using smoke as cover and down wind of beached and burning USS LCI(L)-91 (caused by mines). Just before making the shore, the port and starboard bow experienced two large explosions in quick succession causing a fuel fire forward. Several of the troops were killed, none of the crew. The fire was fought by the crew until about 1400 when the order to abandon ship was given. As of July 10, 1944 no inspection or survey of the hulk was started. During the storm of 19 June 1944 USS LST-543 broached on Omaha Beach and remained there until the following spring tides when with the assistance of several tugs she was able to retract from the beach on 16 July 1944.
    Ref.s LST-543 War Diary and LCI-92 (and LCI-91) Rep. of Ops during D-Day, National Archives. Photographer David Scherman. TimeLife. Life Magazine. TimeLife_Image_116703494. For personal and non-commercial use only.
    David Upton

    The history for USS LCI(L)-92 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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