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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)-496 was leased to the United Kingdom following the Invasion of Normandy in 1944
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in October 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched in October 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-496, 11 November 1943
During World War II USS LCI(L)-496 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
Decommissioned and leased to the United Kingdom, 30 November 1944
Returned to US Navy custody, 25 September 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold, 10 November 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-496 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)-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)-496 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 11 July 2014
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