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USS LCI(L)-221

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Yankee - Delta
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

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 October 1942 at George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 14 November 1942
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-221, 30 November 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-221 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-Nuttuno advanced landings, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 January and 21 February to 1 March 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 9 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 6 June 1947, for disposal
  • USS LCI(L) earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 3 officer, 21 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 four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal machine guns
    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)-221 35k USS LCI(L)-221 off-loading troops at Gela, Sicily, July 1943 Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II
    LCI(L)-221 45k USS LCI(L)-221 off-loading troops, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-221 995k USS LCI(L)-221 loading Italian prisoners of war at Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps, photo # SC 180477 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-221 43k USS LCI(L)-221 taking on AXIS prisoners on a Sicilian beach, 22 July 1943. The prisoners were transferred to larger ships further out to sea and then transported out of the war to North Africa.
    AP Wirephoto, 1943.
    Wes Stone, Lusby, MD. In memory of the men who trained at the USNATB Solomons
    LCI(L)-221,75,19 46k USS LCI(L)-221, USS LCI(L)-75 and USS LCI(L)-19 showing the damage inflicted on LCI(L)-75 from a collision with USS LCI(L)-193, date and location unknown. Tom Hunter for his father Bruce Hunter RM3/c USS LCI(L)-193
    LCI(L)-39 82k USS LCI(L)-39, USS LCI(L)-237, USS LCI(L)-221, and USS LCI(L)-76 moored at Elba Island, date unknown. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-48 127k USS LCI(L)-48 and USS LCI(L)-221 and an unidentified LCI(L) beached, date and location unknown.
    Photo from US Library of Congress collection.
    Bob Morrissey

    The history for USS LCI(L)-221 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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