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USS LCI(L)-490


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Tango - Lima
NQTL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(L)-490 was transferred to the United Kingdom as part of the Lend-Lease Act
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-490, 1 November 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-490 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 19 June 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold, 12 November 1947
  • USS LCI(L)-490 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-490 90k Father (Major) Edward J. Waters, Catholic Chaplain from Oswego, New York, conducts Divine Services on a pier at Weymouth, England for members of the first assault troops thrown against Hitlerís forces on the continent, 6 June 1944. In the background are USS LCI(L)-490, and USS LCI 494, plus numerous other LCI(L)s.
    US National Archives photo.
    Marc S. Levine in honor of his father Arthur Levine, GM2 USS LCI(R)-337
    LCI(L)-496/490 100k USS LCI(L)-490 and USS LCI(L)-496 approach "Omaha" Beach, 6 June 1944. Photo by Wall.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 189987 from the Army Signal Corps collection at the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center and Don G. McGranahan PhM1/c

    The history for USS LCI(L)-490 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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