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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)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Silver Star (LT. Gene R. Gislason, CO LCI 94) - Purple Heart (3-KIA, 2-WIA, 6 June 1944, Invasion of Normandy)

USS LCI(L)-94 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 17 January 1943,
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-94, 15 February 1943, LT. Gene R. Gislason USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-94 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Four
    LCI Flotilla Ten (at Normandy), CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five
    LCI Group One Hundred Three
    LCI Division Two Hundred Five 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 to 25 June 1944

    After the initial landings at Normandy USS LCI(L)-94 directed trans-channel traffic and escorted landing craft until departing England, 5 October 1944, for Charleston, S.C. and two month availability. Assigned to LCI Flotilla 35 for Asiatic-Pacific duty USS LCI(L)-94 departed Charleston, 15 December 1944, for Little Creek, VA. and Solomon Island, MD. for amphibious training. USS LCI(L)-94 departed Norfolk, VA., 28 December 1944, for San Diego, via Key West and Panama Canal, arriving, 23 January 1945, for assignment to the Ship Training Group, Naval Repair Base for amphibious training. USS LCI(L)-94 departed San Diego, 8 April 1945, for Okinawa, via Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam and Ulithi. Arriving, 30 May 1945
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(L)-94 participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 30 June 1945
    Minesweeping operations - Pacific (Mine Destruction Unit)
    Wakanoura-Kii (Honshu Area), 8 to 19 September 1945
    Klondike (East China Sea-Ryukyus area) 26 October to 1 November 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-94 was assigned Occupation Service in the Far East, 2 September to 25 November 1945
  • USS LCI(L)-94 departed Sasebo, Japan, 25 November 1945, for Galveston, TX. via Guam, Wake Island, Pearl Harbor, San Diego and the Panama Canal
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-94 earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Commissioned, 13 November 1947, for disposal
    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)-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, 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)-94, 44k USS LCI(L)-94 off Slapton Sands, England, prior to the Normandy invasion, circa May 1944 Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-94, 1618k Rear Admiral John J. Hall, aboard USS LCI(L)- 94 shouts encouragement to other Landing Craft, date and location unknown. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", August 2008 issue. A US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker. Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-94, 51k Close up view USS LCI(L)-94 conning tower while enroute to Normandy, June 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps newsreel photo.
    Paulo Soukup
    LCI(L)-94, 24k USS LCI(L)-94 in port southern England
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    259k USS LCI(L)-94 underway, date and location unknown, circa 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # Nh 85002 from the collections the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker

    The history for USS LCI(L)-94 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gislason, Gene R. USCGR15 February 1943 - ?
    02LTjg. Beckwith, Joel B. USCGRno dates

    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

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