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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom. left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (11SEP43 and 6JUN44) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bronze Star (CO, LTjg Riley - for securing an ammo-laden, unmanned barge from the troop landing zones, 6JUN44, at Normandy)
Purple Hearts (5 wounded, 1 KIA, 11 September 1943)
USS LCI(L)-319 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 17 January 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-319, 3 February 1943, LTjg. Francis X. Riley, USCG in command
During World War II USS LCI(L)-319 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
LCI Flotilla Four;
LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five;
LCI Flotilla Ten (at Normandy), CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG;
LCI Group One Hundred Four;
LCI Division Two Hundred Seven and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North African occupation
Tunisian operations, 1 June to 9 July 1943
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
Proceeded to England in October 1943 for training in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
After landing served as salvage vessel and navigation guide
USS LCI(L)-319 departed Falmouth England, 5 October 1944 for overhaul and refresher training prior to assignment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
USS LCI(L)-319 was reassigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater
LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five (flagship) CDR. H. J. Huensch USCG;
LCI Group One Hundred Four, LCDR. W. B Harbeson USCG;
LCI Division Two Hundred Seven
Departed San Diego, 20 April 1945, for Eniwetok Atoll, arriving, 6 May 1945 to provide various transportation services
Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Long Beach, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1948, for disposal
USS LCI(L)-319 earned four battle stars for World War II service
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
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
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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||From right to left:USS LCI(L)-87, USS LCI(L)-85 and USS LCI(L)-319 nested at anchor, prior to the Normandy Invasion, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard
||USS LCI(L)-319 underway, date and location unknown.
||USS LCI(L)-319 underway in th English Channel, spring 1944.
||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
||USS LCI(L)-319 underway enroute to the invasion beaches at Normandy, towing a barrage balloon.
Photo from the collection of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office
||USS LCI(L)-319 crew with boxing champion Jack Dempsey, date and location unknown.
||USS LCI(L)-319 crew members, date and location unknown.
||USS LCI(L)-319 underway in heavy weather off the coast of Normandy, 6 June 1944.
US Army Signal Corps newsreel photos
|01||LTjg. Riley, Francis X. USCG||3 February 1943 - 1 December 1944|
|02||LT. Blum, J. A. USCG||1 December 1944 - 22 September 1945|
|03||LTjg. Connor, Whitfield USCG||22 September 1945 - 26 March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Eckenbeck, E. E. USCG||26 March 1946|
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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-319
Last Updated 17 October 2014
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