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USS LCI(L)-191
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) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    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
    LCI(L) Armament
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    LCI(L)-191 98k 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
    LCI(L)-191 304k 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
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-36 142k USS LCI(L)-191 and USS LCI(L)-36 landing troops, 15 August 1944, during the invasion of southern France.
    US Navy photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter, "Elsie Item", March 2018 issue
    Artie Hunt
    Commercial Service
    LCI(L)-191 22k 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
    LCI(L)-191 20k 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

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