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USS LCI(L)-213


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Mike - Romeo
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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)-213 was transferred to the United Kingdom in October 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942, location unknown
  • Launched in 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-213, 28 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-213 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
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 27 March to 9 July 1943
    West coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing 22 January to 7 February 1944
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943 and 28 July to 17 August 1943
    Invasion of Normandy
    6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, and leased to the United Kingdom, 31 October 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-213 earned four 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)-218 97k USS LCI(L)-218 completes a turn to port during her trials, 30 October 1942, location unknown. Note the raiding craft heritage shown in the very low bridge, selected to reduce the craft's silhouette and with her boarding ramps stowed. All four guns are 20 mm: two on the centerline (fore and aft), two on the sides aft.
    US Navy photo, and text, from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman."U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-218 1976k From left to right, front row:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-326,
    USS LCI(L)-88,
    USS LCI(L)-91 and
    USS LCI(L)-229
    From left to right back row:
    USS LCI(L)-2,
    USS LCI(L)-90,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3,
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-321,
    USS LCI(L)-4,
    USS LCI(L)-86,
    USS LCI(L)-212,
    USS LCI(L)-217,
    USS LCI(L)-8,
    USS LCI(L)-83 and
    USS LCI(L)-94, massed at Bizerte, Tunisia, 6 July 1943 while loading troops for the invasion of Sicily.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # 176486, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-218 208k
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3, and
    USS LCI(L)-213 at Bizerte, Tunisia, in preparation for the Sicilian occupation, circa July 1943. Note the Army troops loading onto USS LCI(L)-14. Photo from Time Life Books, The Italian Campaign appeared in the The Elsie Item, Issue # 46, October 2003.
    Ardie Hunt courtesy Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI(L)-35
    LCI(L)-9 95k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-231,
    USS LCI(L)-9,
    HM LCI(L)-104,
    USS LCI(L)-215,
    USS LCI(L)-213 and
    LST-197 at Pozzuoli Bay, Port of Nisida in February 1944, after the Anzio operations. The LCIs had proceeded to Pozzuoli Bay after various exercises and then proceeded to beach on "Ranger" beach during the Anzio operation in January 1944. Note: COMFLOTONE commodore's barge near the open doors LST-197.
    Tim Hummel for his father Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11 and Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI 35, courtesy Guiseppi Peluso
    LCI(L)-213 574k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-229,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-12 and
    USS LCI(L)-33 moored at Penarth, Wales, England, circa 1945-46. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newletter "The Elsie Item", November 2009 issue.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-213 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

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