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Lost due to enemy action, 6 June 1944

USS LCI(L)-93


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - India - Echo
NDIE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


Silver Star ( LTjg. Budd Bornhoft CO LCI(L)-93) - Purple Heart (number unknown for 6 June 1944)


USS LCI(L)-93 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, December 1943, at Consolidated Steel Corp. Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-93, 15 February 1943, LTjg Budd B. Bornhoft USCGR in command
  • USS LCI(L)-93 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle EAst Theater, LCI Flotilla Four, Capt. M. E. Imlay, USCG, (Flotilla 10 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)-93 was hit by enemy fire after tearing a hole in her bottom on Easy Red Beach during the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944 and had to be abandoned by her crew
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-93 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 guns 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)-89/93 105k USS LCI(L)-89 and USS LCI(L)-93 waiting to load US Army soldiers to carry them to the Normandy beachhead, circa 5 June 1944 Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-93 173k USS LCI(L)-93 moored outboard in a nest of four LCIs, date and location unknown. Mike Harpe
    LCI(L)-332/93 71k USS LCI(L)-332 and USS LCI(L)-93 in an English Channel port, loading US combat troops for movement to the Normandy invasion beaches, date unknown.
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-93 112k Watercolor by Navy Combat Artist Dwight Shepler, 1944, titled "The Tough Beach" showing German artillery fire hitting US forces on "Omaha" Beach, on "D-Day" of the Normandy invasion, 6 June 1944. In the foreground is USS LCI(L)-93, aground and holed. She was lost on this occasion.
    US Navy photo # KN-17825 courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCI(L)-93 386k USS LCI(L)-93 aground on Omaha Beach, date unknown. She still flies her flag, though knocked out of the invasion ripped and wounded on the beach. Moving in for a landing, USS LCI(L)-93 ran afoul an underwater obstruction which tore a gaping hole in her bow. Then, as her troops piled ashore, Nazi shells battered her out of further action.
    US Coast Guard photo # 2395 from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-93 188k USS LCI(L)-93 stripped and abandoned on Omaha Beach, date unknown. Jeff Card for Melvin Downing MoMM3/c LCT 638.
    LCI(L)-93 448k USS LCI(L)-93 stripped and abandoned on Omaha Beach, date unknown. Flores Hopman

    The history for USS LCI(L)-93 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - LCI(L)-93

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