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USS LCI(L)-509

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Yankee - Charlie
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(L)-509 was leased to the United Kingdom
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in October 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-509, 1 December 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-509 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned and turned over to the United Kingdom, 5 December 1944
  • USS LCI(L)-509 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-509
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 11 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold, 18 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)-509 126k USS LCI(L)-509 officers and bridge crew, date and location unknown. R. Simpson for his father LCDR Wayne A. Simpson USNR, CO USS LCI(L)-509
    LCI(L)-509 75k USS LCI(L)-509 moored pierside, date and location unknown. R. Simpson for his father LCDR Wayne A. Simpson USNR, CO USS LCI(L)-509
    LCI(L)-509 22k USS LCI(L)-509 beached at Normandy while unloading UK troops, date unknown. R. Simpson for his father LCDR Wayne A. Simpson USNR, CO USS LCI(L)-509
    LCI(L)-509 109k
    HM LCI(L)-509
    LCI(L)-501 53k Ex-USS LCI(L)-501 in Royal Navy service as HM LCI(L)-501, HM LCI(L)-186 and ex-USS LCI(L)-509 in Royal Navy service as HM LCI(L)-509 at Punta Delgado in the Azores while enroute to being returned to the US, circa July 1946. Ron Hyde
    LCI(L)-501 59k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-509 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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