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USS LCI(L)-320

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom. left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944 Invasion of Normandy)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LCI(L)-320 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 26 November 1942, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-320, 8 February 1943, with a Coast Guard crew. LTjg William K. Scammel, Jr. USCG, in command
  • Succeeding Commanding Officers
    LTjg. G.H. Herrick, USCG 4 December 1944 -
    LT. Samuel R. Underwood, USCGR
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-320 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCI Flotilla 4, CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG in command, (reassigned to LCI Flotilla 10 for the Invasion of Normandy) and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operation, 1 June to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
    Proceeded to England in November 1943
    for training in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy 6 June 1944
    Departed Falmouth England, 5 October 1944
    for overhaul and refresher training in the US prior to assignment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater

  • Following overhaul and refresher training USS LCI(L)-320 joined LCI Flotilla 35 proceeding to San Diego where she departed 3 April 1945 for the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, reaching Kerama Rhetto, 28 May 1945 and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto - 29 May to 8 September 1945
    Assigned to make smoke for larger naval units until departing
    8 September 1945 for duty at Wakayama, Japan
    Minesweeping operations - Pacific
    Wakanoura-Kii (Honshu Area), 11 to 27 September 1945
    Klondike (East China Sea area), 26 October to 7 November 1945

  • Navy Occupation Service (Asia), 2 September to 25 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 9 November 1946, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-320 earned six 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 3 officer, 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, later added two .50 cal 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)-218 1976k From left to right, front row:
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-326,
    USS LCI(L)-88,
    USS LCI(L)-91 and
    USS LCI(L)-229
    From left to right back row:
    USS LCI(L)-2,
    USS LCI(L)-90,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3,
    USS LCI(L)-213,
    USS LCI(L)-321,
    USS LCI(L)-4,
    USS LCI(L)-86,
    USS LCI(L)-212,
    USS LCI(L)-217,
    USS LCI(L)-8,
    USS LCI(L)-83 and
    USS LCI(L)-94, massed at Bizerte, Tunisia, 6 July 1943 while loading troops for the invasion of Sicily.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # 176486, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LCI(L)-218 208k
    USS LCI(L)-218,
    USS LCI(L)-35,
    USS LCI(L)-14,
    USS LCI(L)-320,
    USS LCI(L)-16,
    USS LCI(L)-3, and
    USS LCI(L)-213 at Bizerte, Tunisia, in preparation for the Sicilian occupation, circa July 1943. Note the Army troops loading onto USS LCI(L)-14. Photo from Time Life Books, The Italian Campaign appeared in the The Elsie Item, Issue # 46, October 2003.
    Ardie Hunt courtesy Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI(L)-35
    LCI(L)-320/326 32k USS LCI(L)-320 and USS LCI(L)-326 beached, date and location unknown. Wayne Caldwell USS LCI(L)-89 and USS LCI(L)-320
    LCI(L)-320 252k USS LCI(L)-320 and LCT-305 training for the Normandy invasion at Slapton Sands, near Dartmouth, England, date unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo.
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-320 36k USS LCI(L)-320 underway, date and location unknown. Wayne Caldwell USS LCI(L)-89 and USS LCI(L)-320
    LCI(L)-487 66k USS LCI(L)-320 and USS LCI(L)-487 moored in a British port prior to the Invasion of Normandy, circa 5 June 1944.
    Image are from the DVD "D-Day Code Name: Overlord" with the permission of Denver Collins, Editor, Timeless Media Group, Eugene OR.
    Robert Morrissey

    The history for USS LCI(L)-320 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-320
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