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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 (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
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 left to right, front row:
USS LCI(L)-91 and
From left to right back row:
USS LCI(L)-83 and
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.
||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.
||USS LCI(L)-321 underway, date and location unknown..
Photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard.
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office
||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
||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.
The history for USS LCI(L)-321 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
|01||LTjg. Hammond, G. P. Hammond USCG||6 February 1943 - 14 February 1943|
|02||LTjg. Hollis, J. E. USCGR||14 February 1943 - 11 September 1944|
|03||LTjg. Davis, D. H. USCGR||11 September 1944 - 22 November 1944|
|04||LTjg. Allen W. W. USCGR||22 November 1944 - 2 December 1944|
|05||LTjg. Swift, W. P. USCGR||2 December 1944 - 1 January 1946|
|06||LTjg. Owens, J. J. USCGR||1 January 1946 - 17 March 1946|
|07||BOSN. Neal, G. G. USCG||17 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
Last Updated 7 March 2014
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