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USS LCI(L)-188


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Romeo - Charlie
NQRC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large);
  • Laid down, 20 November 1942, at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 11 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-188, 23 January 1943, at Port Newark, N.J.
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-188 was assigned to the Mediterranean Theater and participated in the following campaigns
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 16 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 7 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-188 received four battle stars for World War II service
    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 3 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)-39 1793k USS LCI(L)-39,
    USS LCI(L)-48,
    USS LCI(L)-44 and
    USS LCI(L)-188, load French Colonial 9th Infantry Division troops at Porto Vecchio, Corsica, 16 June 1944, for the Invasion of Elba, 17 June 1944. Note the censorship of the radars.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 329865, by Gann, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-192 87k Flotilla 1 LCI(L)s USS LCI(L)-188, USS LCI(L)-18, USS LCI(L)-192, USS LCI(L)-44, and USS LCI(L)-189, landing French 9th Colonial Infantry Division troops during the invasion of Elba, 17 June 1944
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    James E. Lynch former CO USS LCI(L)-192
    LCI(L)-18/188/192/44/189 76k Flotilla 1 LCI(L)s USS LCI(L)-188, USS LCI(L)-18, USS LCI(L)-192, USS LCI(L)-44, and USS LCI(L)-189, landing French 9th Colonial Infantry Division troops during the invasion of Elba, 17 June 1944. USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    Courtesy James E. Lynch former CO USS LCI(L)-192
    LCI-188 174k USS LCI(L)-188 during the invasion of southern France, August 1944 Rich Heller
    World War II Memoirs
    3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    LCI-188 161k USS LCI(L)-188 during the invasion of southern France, August 1944 Rich Heller
    World War II Memoirs
    3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    LCI-188 173k Artwork by Peter Bull depicting USS LCI(L)-188 landing follow up troops on the beach, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Landing Craft, Infantry And Fire Support" by Gordon L. Rottman
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for USS LCI(L)-188 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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