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USS LCI(L)-229

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Yankee
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)-229 also served as a unit of the Royal Navy
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, November 1942 at George Lawley and Sons, Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-229, 2 January 1943
  • During WWII USS LCI(L)-229 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
    Anzio Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1943
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 and 28 July to 12 August 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1944, at Sheerness, United Kingdom
  • Transferred to United Kingdom (leased) 14 November 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 10 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, delivered to her purchaser, 10 December 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-229 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 2 Officers, 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, two .50cal 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)-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)-14 94k USS LCI(L)-229 along with the rest of LCI Flotillas Two and Four ready to sail to North Africa with the Third Infantry Division. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-85 71k USS LCI(L)-229, USS LCI(L)-85 and USS LCI(L)-322, moored at Bizerte, Tunisia, date unknown. Valerie Vierk for her father Herbert Nolda USS LCI(L)-85 and USS LCI(L)-92
    LCI(L)-35 22k From left to right USS LCI(L)-75, USS LCI(L)-231, USS LCI(L)-229, USS LCI(L)-35, USS LCI(L)-193, USS LCI(L)-238 moored at Sheerness, United Kingdom, ready to be decommissioned and turned over to the Royal Navy, circa 14 November 1944. Stan Galik for his father Stanley Galik SC2/c LCI(L)-35
    LCI(L)-213 574k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-239,
    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)-229 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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