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Lost to enemy action, 6 June 1944

USS LCI(L)-92

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Hotel - Yankee
NDHY
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) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Coast Guard Unit Commendation

Individual Awards

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


USS LCI(L)-323 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
  • USS LCI(L)-92 jointed LCI Flotilla 4, Group 10, Division 20 at Galveston, TX, under the command of Captain Myles Imlay, USCG. (Flotilla 10 at Normandy) and participated in the following Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater 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 service during world war II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 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
    Armament
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts, one forward, one amidship, two aft
    later added two .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion 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 99k USS LCI(L)-92 on Omaha Beach, D-Day, 6 June 1944. The actual caption of the photos reads "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. Right, is the LCT 199 and in the background USS LST-543 is being battered by the surf, somewhere along the coast of France, June 21, 1944."
    US Coast Guard photo # SC 193919
    James Mateyack
    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

    The history for USS LCI(L)-92 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-92

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