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USS LCI(G)-191 (1945)
USS LCI(L)-191 (1943 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Uniform - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 7 December 1942, at Federal Ship Building and Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
Launched, 25 January 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-191, 3 February 1943;
During World War II USS LCI(L)-191 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle 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
||Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 16 September 1944
|West Coast of Italy operations
Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings, 22 to 25 January 1944
Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-191, 15 June 1945
Classification reverted to LCI(L)-191, 17 September 1945
Decommissioned, mid-April 1946, at US Navy Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-191 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 22 January 1948
Sold by the Maritime Commission to Circle Lines, New York, N.Y., converted to a sightseeing boat, renamed, Circle Line VII
Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5 1/2"
Beam 23' 3"
Light 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10"aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward 5' 11" aft
6 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
LCI(L) 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
two 40mm guns
four 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
Diesel 130 tons
lube oil 200 gal
two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-191 underway in a harbor, probably on the US East Coast, circa February-March 1943.
US National Archives photo # 26-G-1605, a US Coast Guard now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS LCI(L)-191 of Flotilla 1 landing troops in Southern France on 15 August 1944.
Photo from photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar is a US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker
||USS LCI(L)-191 and USS LCI(L)-36 landing troops, 15 August 1944, during the invasion of
US Navy photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item", March 2018 issue
||Ex-USS LCI(L)-191 in commercial service as the Circle Line vessel Circle Line VII at her pier in New York City, date unknown.
||Circle Line Vessels web site
||Circle Line VII in Dry Dock at May Ship Repair Facility, Staten Island, N.Y., date unknown.
||Circle Line Vessels web site
The history for USS LCI(L)-191 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
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
Last Updated 30 March 2018
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