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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 - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
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, with a Coast Guard crew, 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
USS LCI(L)-94 participated in the following 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 performed occupation duty 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
Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Commissioned, 13 November 1947, for disposal
USS LCI(L)-94 earned six battle stars for World War II service
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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USS LCI(L)-91 and
From left to right back row:
USS LCI(L)-83 and
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.
||From outboard to inboard
USS LCI(L)-93, and
USS LCI(L)-91, at Port Lyautey, Morocco, in May 1943.
||USS LCI(L)-94 off Slapton Sands, England, prior to the Normandy invasion, circa May 1944
||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.
||Close up view USS LCI(L)-94 conning tower while enroute to Normandy, June 1944.
US Army Signal Corps newsreel photo.
||USS LCI(L)-94 in port southern England
US National Archives image
||USS LCI(L)-94 underway, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian/s office.
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office
The history for USS LCI(L)-94 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
|01||LT. Gislason, Gene R. USCGR||15 February 1943 - ?|
|02||LTjg. Beckwith, Joel B. USCGR||no 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
US Coast Guard Historian's Office - LCI(L)-94
Last Updated 4 January 2013
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