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USS LCI(G)-233
USS LCI(L)-233 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Xray - Mike
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)

USS LCI(G)-233 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 13 December 1942, at George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 13 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-233, 20 January 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-233 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 Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January, 5, 13, 28 and 29 February 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-233 was redesigned Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat), LCI(G)-233, 15 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LCI(G)-233 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 24 October to 16 November1945 and China service from 13 December 1945 to 12 June 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Republic of China (Nationalist China), 7 February 1948, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-233 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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)-195/220/233/234 67k USS LCI(G)-220, USS LCI(G)-195, USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LCI(G)-234 moored at Saei, Formosa (Taiwan), circa 13 December 1945 to 1 April 1946. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-195/233/234 82k USS LCI(G)-195, USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LCI(G)-234 moored at Saei, Formosa (Taiwan), and surrounded by bumboats, circa 13 December 1945 to 1 April 1946. Photo courtesy Robert M. Norris
    LCI(L)-233 1318k USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LCI(M)-632 moored at Tsingtao, China in June 1946.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", Issue #48, April 2004.
    Ardie Hunt, courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(L) 631. and 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

    The history for USS LCI(L)-233 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

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