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USS LCI(L)-209


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - Hotel
NBDH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(L)-209 was transferred to the United Kingdom in 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, in 1942 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched in 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-209, 1 October 1942
  • During World War II LCI(L)-209 was assigned to the European-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotilla Two (flagship) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 27 March to 9 July 1943
    West Coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing
    22 January to 2 February 1944,
    14 February,
    1 March 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943, and 28 July to 17 August 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno Landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned and leased to the United Kingdom, 30 October 1944
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-209, date unknown
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposed
  • Sold, 13 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-209 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 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
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)-209, 62k

    USS LCI(L)-209 crew members James Penix, on the left, with unknown shipmate, date and location unknown.

    Jeff Penix for his grandfather James N. Penix MoMM/3c Flotilla Two Staff
    LCI(L)-209, 41k USS LCI(L)-209 logo the "Ugly Duckling". Jeff Penix for his grandfather James N. Penix MoMM/3c Flotilla Two Staff

    The history for LCI(L)-209 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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    Last Updated 9 May 2014