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USS LCI(G)-196
USS LCI(L)-196 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Whiskey - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N,J.
  • Launched, 8 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-196) in February 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-196 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotilla One and later to the Asiatic-Pacific 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 3 February 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 15 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 23 September 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 20 September 1944

  • Modified for gunfire support of amphibious operations, reclassified as a Landing Craft Infantry (Guns), and redesignated USS LCI(G)-196
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LCI(G)-196 came under the command of:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Seven, LCDR. J. P. Moore, USN;
    LCI Group One Hundred Eleven, LT. J. W. Winson Jr.;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Twenty-One
  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-196 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 October to 14 November 194515 November to 1 Decemter1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-196 earned four battle stars for WWII service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    LCI(G)-196 98k LCI(L)-196 beached near Scoglitti, Sicily, in July 1943.
    US Navy Photograph,# NH 97260 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCI(L)-195 197k USS LCI(L)-195 and USS LCI(L)-196 moored pierside at Boston Navy Yard in December, 1944 after service in the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater.
    Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
    Mike Green

    USS LCI(L)-196 / USS LCI(G)-196
    Dictionary of American Naval Fight Ships (DANFS)
    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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    Last Updated 23 November 2018