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USS LCI(G)-220
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USS LCI(L)-220 (1942 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - Bravo
NBXB
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, 25 November 1942, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 12 November 1942,
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-220, 25 November 1942.
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-220 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-1944;
    Anzio Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January and 30 January to 1 February 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 17 September 1944

  • Redesigned Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-220, 15 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-220 performed occupation duty in the Far East, including service in China from 24 October 1945 to 1 September 1946
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal in 1946
  • Sold by the State Department, 11 December 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-220 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    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
    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 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-220 1565k Invasion of Sicily - D-Day photo of the invasion beach at Gela Sicily, 10 July 1943. USS LCI(L)-220 is broached at left, with a LCM from USS Bellatrix (AKA-3) unloading just off her bow. Two LCVPs are also broached along the surf line. Note jeep in center and 5-gallon fuel cans. Photographed by Osborne.
    US Army photo # SC 175921, by Osborne, from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-220 1141k USS LCI(L)-220 broached on the beach at Gela, Sicily, 10 July 1943, with several abandoned landing craft nearby.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 181015, by Wallace, from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-425 1361k From left to right HM LST-425 loading trucks and troops while LCIs USS LCI(L)-235, USS LCI(L)-95, USS LCI(L)-220 and unidentified LCI load troops of the 45th Division, 4 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings, second wave, on 9 September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps photos # III-SC 181098, Box 181 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-220 54k USS LCI(L)-220 from a Time-Life photo titled "Landing in Italy" by George Rodgers Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-195/220/233/234 67k From left to right USS LCI(G)-220, USS LCI(G)-195, USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LCI(G)-234 moored in China, circa 13 December 1945 to 1 April 1946. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-195/220 75k USS LCI(G)-220 and USS LCI(G)-195 moored at Shanghai, China, 11 January 1946. The additional LCIs in the background are assumed to be USS LCI(G)-233 and LCI(G)-234.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #46, October 2003, photo courtesy either Bodo Zimmerman or Peter O'Flaherty USS LCI(G)-220.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-220 / LCI(G)-220 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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