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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)-491 was leased to the United Kingdom following the Invasion of Normandy
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in October 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
Launched October 1943
Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-491, 3 November 1943
During World War II USS LCI(L)-491 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
Decommissioned and leased to the United Kingdom, 18 November 1944
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-491, 18 November 1944
Returned to US Naval custody, 14 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Transferred to the State Department for disposal
Final Disposition, sold, 9 June 1947, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-491 earned one battle star 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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||USS LCI(L)-496, USS LCI(L)-85, USS LCI(L)-88, USS LCI(L)-90, USS LCI(L)-92, and USS LCI(L)-491, prepare for the Invasion of Normandy while in an English port, circa 5 June 1944.
Images are from the DVD "D-Day Code Name: Overlord" with the permission of Denver Collins, Editor, Timeless Media Group, Eugene OR.
||USS LCI(L)-491 departing a southern British port, 5 June 1944, bound for the invasion beaches at Normandy.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||USS LCI(L)-491 in port, southern England, date unknown.
US National Archives image
||USS LCI(L)-491 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie
Item", June 1999 issue. Photo courtesy Bill Hughes, EM3/c USS LCI(L)-491.
||HM LCI(L)-491 and HM LCI(L)-33 in port, date and place unknown. These worn out LCIs were enroute from the United Kingdom to the Pacific war after cessation hostilities in Europe.
The history for USS LCI(L)-491 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
Last Updated 28 February 2014
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