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LCI(L)-500


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Victor - Hotel
NQVH
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



USSLCI(L)-500 was transferred to the United Kingdom
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-500, 17 November 1943
  • During World War II LCI(L)-500 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 custody, 27 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 12 November 1947
  • USS LCI(L)-500 earned one battle star 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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    USS LCI(L)-500 #3)
    LCI(L)-500 14k USS LCI(L)-500 disembarking German prisoners-of-war, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    HM LCH-500
    LCI(L)-500 41k HM LCH-500 underway, location unknown. Twenty LCI(L)s were converted to Landing Craft Administration.
    Royal Navy Image # FL 7017 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst

    The history for LCI(L)-500 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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