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USS LCI(L)-222

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Yankee - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 17 October 1942, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 29 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-222, 3 December 1942, LTjg. H. S. Thompson, USNR, in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-222 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Five, flagship, CDR. M. V. Milton;
    LCI Group Fifteen, LCDR. E.S. Dulcan;
    LCI Division Thirty-Six, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 to 4 July 1943
    Vella Level occupation, 15 August 1943
    Treasury Island-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 3 and 4 December 1943
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-222 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 7 November 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    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
    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
    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)-222 514k USS LCI(L)-24, USS LCI(L)-222, USS LCI(L)-334 and USS LST-485 load New Zealand troops of the 3rd Division Brigade, 25 October 1943, for a landing at Mono Island in the Treasury Island Group. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-222 499k USS LCI(L)-222 beached at Mono Island after disembarking her New Zealand troop, 27 October 1943. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-222 623k
    LCI(L)-222 66k USS LCI(L)-222 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy ©
    Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-222 35k USS LCI(L)-222 moving into her assigned berth between two net tenders, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey
    LCI(L)-222 292k USS LCI(L)-222 beached at Florida Island, B.S.I, 30 April 1944, for memorial plaque dedication ceremonies which were held at Lyons Point. The name, Iron Bottom Sound, was derived from the large numbers of ships sunk in the early days of the Solomons campaigns.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-240319.
    Tracy White Researcher@Large

    The history for USS LCI(L)-222 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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