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USS LCI(R)-237
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USS LCI(L)-237 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Kilo - Papa
NIKP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid Down, 10 January 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-237, 5 February 1943
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Rockets) LCI(R)-237, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-237 / LCI(R)-237 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater LCI Flotilla One and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landings, 26 March to 4 April 1945
    Salerno landings,, 9 to 21 September 1943  
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
     
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 to 26 August 1944  

  • USS LCI(R)-237 reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-237, 17 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 February 1947, for disposal
  • USS LCI(L)-237 / LCI(R)-237 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(R) Complement
    3 Officers
    31 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 .50 cal machine guns
    LCI(R) Armament
    one 40mm bow mounted gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    two .50 cal machine guns
    six 5" rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 935 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-326 110k USS LCI(L)-237, USS LCI(L)-326, USS LCI(L)-96 along with other LCI(L)s moored pierside at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., 23 March 1943, during visit by Prince Olav of Norway. To Prince Olav's right is Rear Admiral Kirk, Commander, Amphibious Force, US Atlantic Fleet.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-38805, a US Navy photo now in the custody of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LCI(L)-237 367k USS LCI(L)-237 at anchor, 10 July 1943, off the coast of Sicily. 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)-237 39k USS LCI(L)-237 beached while unloading troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    LCI(L)-237 70k USS LCI(L)-237 at Catania, Sicily after hitting a mine on 27 February 1944 in the Gulf of Taranto on a British Commando mission. Photo courtesy Joseph Callery SM1/c.
    LCI(L)-39 82k USS LCI(L)-39, USS LCI(L)-237, USS LCI(L)-221, USS LCI(L)-76 moored at Elbe Island, probably in June 1944. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-237 858k Charles Flood firing twin .50 cal machine guns aboard USS LCI(R)-237, 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

    The history for USS LCI(L)-237 / LCI(R)-237 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
    Official Report of the - Mining of LCI(L)-237
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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