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USS LCI(L)-501

USS LCI(L)-501 was leased to the United Kingdom
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

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, date unknown, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-501, 18 November 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-501 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 Naval custody, 15 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold, 31 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-501 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
    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
    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
    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)-501 74k HMS LCI(L)-501 in Cherbourg harbor enroute to escorting British LCTs to Bordeaux for use as barges, date unknown. Ron Hyde
    LCI(L)-501 22k HMS LCI(L)-501 probably in Poole harbor, date unknown. Ron Hyde
    LCI(L)-501 53k HMS LCI(L)-501, HMS LCI(L)-186 and HMS LCI(L)-509 at Punta Delgado in the Azores while on route to being returned to the US, circa July 1946 unknown. Ron Hyde
    LCI(L)-501 59k HMS LCI(L)-505, HMS LCI(L)-186 and HMS LCI(L)-501 at Punta Delgado in the Azores while on route to being returned to the US, circa July 1946 unknown. Ron Hyde

    The history for LCI(L)-501 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Personal Narrative of LCI(L)-501's British Service by Ron Hyde
    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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