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USS LCI(L)-231

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Papa - Zulu
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)-231 was transferred to the Royal Navy in November 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in November 1942 at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched in December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-231, 11 January 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-231 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, 21 to 22 January, 28 January to 1 March 1944
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943
    Invasion of Normandy
    6 to 15 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1944, at Sheerness, United Kingdom
  • Transferred to United Kingdom (leased) 13 November 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 30 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1947
  • USS LCI(L)-231 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by the State Department in April 1946 to India
    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)-231 281k USS LCI(L)-231 crew photo, date and location unknown. 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)-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
    USS 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)-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 and
    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

    The history for LCI(L)-231 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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