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HM LCI(L)-238
USS LCI(L)-238 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Kilo - Xray
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)-238 was transferred to the Royal Navy
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, in January 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-238, 6 February 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-238 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-Nuttuno advanced landings, 21 April to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 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, 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 18 March 1948, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-238 received 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)-9 110k From left to right:
    USS LCI(L)-13,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-9,
    USS LCI(L)-16 and
    USS LCI(L)-238 arriving in port Newhaven, Sussex, a small port near Brighton UK, March 1944 in preparation for the D-day Invasion.
    Submitted by Tim Hummel. Photograph property of his father ©Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11
    LCI(L)-35 22k From left to right;
    USS LCI(L)-75
    USS LCI(L)-231
    USS LCI(L)-229
    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 USS LCI(L)-238 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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