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USS LCI(L)-193

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Victor - Bravo
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

USS LCI(L)-193 was transferred to the Royal Navy
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, December 1942, at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation, Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-193, 9 February 1943, at Newark, N.J.
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-193 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East 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, 24 to 25 January, 30 January to 1 February, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy (Sword Beach), 6 to 25 June 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-193 crossed the English Channel 22 times in the weeks following D-Day delivering material and replacement personnel
  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1944, at Sheerness, United Kingdom
  • Transferred to United Kingdom (leased) 14 November 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 27 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-193 earned four battle stars for WWII service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposed, sold, 12 February 1948, fate unknown;
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 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
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    4 officers
    24 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
    five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-193 62k USS LCI(L)-193 on the beach at Normandy several days after D-Day. Note the German POWs stacking steel railroad rails. The two sailors on the starboard landing ramp are possibly Bruce Hunter and Artie Durland Brenda Burbaker for her father, Bruce C. Paulson (deceased) USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-193 73k USS LCI(L)-193 crew members, autographed photo; Back row: (L-R) Jim Poledna, Edsel Gray, Jack Foley, Wilson Currie, Bruce Paulson. Front row: Terry McGovern, Shorty Knestrick, Donald Crudele. Brenda Burbaker for her father, Bruce C. Paulson (deceased) USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-193,4,175 49k From left to right USS LCI(L)-193, USS LCI(L)-4 and HM LCI(L)-179 during landing exercises west of New Haven - in the southeast of England - in preparation for their Normandy landing in the British sector at Sword Beach on D-Day, date and place unknown Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-193,4,175 57k
    LCI(L)-193 90k USS LCI(L)-193 crew photo prior to the landing at Sicily.
    On the bridge - Norman Claxton (LT)
    The crew - starting from left: Far left, rolled up sleeves - Bill Boney (ENS) Second from left, with helmet - Bruce Paulson 3rd from left, shirtless, cap, life belt, - John Wagner Behind Wagner - "Tex" Lewis White cap, next to Lewis - Fred Simmons Behind Lewis, shirtless, on steps - Roy Lane Next to Lane, athletic shirt - Pete Yanker Front row, next to Simmons, long sleeves - Harry Schlosser Very bottom, shirtless - Vincent Reales In front of Yanker, with binoculars - Ralph Patton Seated in front, white cap, shift less - John Stefan Immediately behind Stefan, long sleeves, dark jacket - Emory Lloyd Standing in rear, white t-shirt, white cap - George Cooper Next to Cooper, leaning against conning tower, white cap - Rosky In front of Rosky, hands on chest, shirtless - Art Durland Next to Durland, dark jacket, white cap - Tom Costick Behind Costick, seated against conning tower, dark shirt - Leonard Carr Standing next to Carr, leaning with one hand on tower - Edsel Gray Seated third from right - Bruce Hunter Second from right - Earl Knestrick Far right, with cap - Sam Smart (ENS) There are several missing from the photo who were probably on duty and a few others who arrived later as replacements. Not in photo - "Doc" Bellville, Allen Brown, Ceachy, Don Crudelle, Wilson Currie, Raymond Joseph Doherty, Jack Foley, Carroll Heath, "Terry" McGovern, and Jim Poledna.
    Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-193 73k USS LCI(L)-193 landing British troops at Normandy, (Sword Beach) just west of Caen, 6 June 1944. Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c
    LCI(L)-193 65k USS LCI(L)-193 beached at New Haven, England for hull inspection sometime after D-Day. Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c
    LCI(L)-193 99k USS LCI(L)-193 beached at New Haven, England for hull inspection sometime after D-Day. Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM1/c
    LCI(L)-35 22k From left to right;
    USS LCI(L)-75,
    USS LCI(L)-231,
    USS LCI(L)-229,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-193,
    USS LCI(L)-238,
    moored at Sheerness, United Kingdom, ready to be decommissioned and turned over to the Royal Navy, circa 14 November 1944.
    Stan Galik for his father Stanley Galik SC2/c USS LCI(L)-35

    The history for LCI(L)-193 is partially taken 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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