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USS LCI(L)-321


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Echo
NJOE
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, Normandy)
Second Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LCI(L)-321 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 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-321, 6 February 1943, LTjg G. P. Hammond, USCG in command
  • USS LCI(L)-321 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Four, CAPT. M. E. Imlay, USCG:
    LCI Flotilla Ten (at 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
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • From October 1943 to June 1944 USS LCI(L)-321 trained in England in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy
  • USS LCI(L)-321 off loaded her troops into LCMs off Green Beach, Utah Beach on 6 June 1944 and after debarking her troops performed various tasks until 17 June 1944 when she retired to Weymouth, England. LCI(L)-321 crossed the channel seven more times carrying troops to Normandy until departing England 5 October 1944 for Charleston S.C. for repairs and overhaul.
  • USS LCI(L)-321 was reassigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch USCG;
    LCT Group One Hundred Four, LCDR. W. B. Harbeson USCG;
    LCT Division Two Hundred Eight
  • Departed San Diego, 20 April 1945, for Guam, and Eniwetok. Here she engage in ditching drills with US Army Air Force 315 Bomb Wing and made runs to Saipan, and Iwo Jima collecting personnel for transportation home. Departing Guam in early December 1945 for Galveston, TX.
  • Decommissioned, 2 April 1946, at Galveston, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 October 1947, for disposal
  • USS LCI(L)-321 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 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
    4 officers
    24 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
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 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)-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)-14 65k USS LCI(L)-321 along with the rest of LCI Flotillas Two and LCI Flotilla Four ready to sail to North Africa with the Third Infantry Division. Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-321 94k USS LCI(L)-321 underway, date and location unknown..
    Photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    LCI(L)-321 305k USS LCI(L)-321 at the Normandy beachhead, D-Day, 6 June 1944. LCVPs are from USS LST-284. 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)-87 91k Alex Bosmony on the beach at Guam in May 1945 with USS LCI(L)-321, USS LCI(L)-87 and an unidentified LCI in the background.
    Photo is from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", March 2002, photo courtesy of Alex Bosmony USS LCI(L)-87.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-321 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Hammond, G. P. Hammond USCG6 February 1943 - 14 February 1943
    02LTjg. Hollis, J. E. USCGR14 February 1943 - 11 September 1944
    03LTjg. Davis, D. H. USCGR11 September 1944 - 22 November 1944
    04LTjg. Allen W. W. USCGR22 November 1944 - 2 December 1944
    05LTjg. Swift, W. P. USCGR2 December 1944 - 1 January 1946
    06LTjg. Owens, J. J. USCGR1 January 1946 - 17 March 1946
    07BOSN. Neal, G. G. USCG17 March 1946 - 2 April 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)-321

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