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USS LCI(G)-235
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USS LCI(L)-235 (1943 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Yankee
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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, 2 January 1943, at George Lawley & Sons Shipyard, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 21 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-235, 27 January 1943;
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-235 / LCI(G)-235 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings, 22 January to 5 February, and 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)-235 was redesigned Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat), USS LCI(G)-235, 15 July 1945
  • LCI(G)-235 reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-235, 17 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 12 November 1947
  • USS LCI(L)-235 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    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
    6 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
    Diesel 130 tons
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of four General Motors Diesel engines, four per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI-235 1049k USS LCI(L)-235 and USS LCI(L)-95 loading troops of the 45th Division, 4 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings, second wave, on 9 September 1943. HM LST-425 is moored to the left of the LCIs (port side bow door just visible) at left in photo.
    US Army Signal Corps photos # III-SC 181097, Box 181 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-425 1361k From left to right HM LST-425 loading trucks and troops while LCIs USS LCI(L)-235, USS LCI(L)-95, USS LCI(L)-220 and unidentified LCI load troops of the 45th Division, 4 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings, second wave, on 9 September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps photos # III-SC 181098, Box 181 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI-235 1029k USS LCI(L)-235 and LSTs, including HMS LST-404, loading troops of the 45th Division, 9 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings. Barrage balloons provide protective covering in case of enemy attack.
    US Army Signal Corps photos # III-SC 180037 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI-235 103k USS LCI(L)-235 off the Salerno beachhead, September 1943. Photographed from the British minesweeper HMS Circe (J-214).
    Photo from the Admiralty Official Collection, by LT. F.G Roper.
    Manuel Provence
    LCI-235 91k USS LCI(L)-235 off the coast of southern France during the invasion, 15 August 1944. In addition to carrying troops, LCI(L)-235 was rigged as a salvage and fire fighting ship for the period of the invasion. Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2005 Calendar. Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-235 / LCI(G)-235 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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