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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)-488 was leased to the United Kingdom in November 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, September 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, October 1943
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-488, 30 October 1943
During World War II USS LCI(L)-488 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 leased to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
Returned to US Navy custody, 13 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS LCI(L)-488 earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the State Department and sold, 13 February 1948
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 246 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
five single 20mm gun mounts, 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)-488 underway, probably during builders trials in October 1943 off the coast of New Jersey.
TimeLife_images 116142169, 116142161, and 116142167 by Wallace Kirkland. TimeLife. Life Magazine.
|1015048804, 1015048806, 1015048806, David Upton
1015048801 Kathryn V. Esau Hilton and Don Hilton in memory of John Jacob Esau, Cox. USNR USS LCI(L)-488
||USS LCI(L)-488 and USS LCI(L)-87 beached, probably at Slapton Sands, England, during the spring of 1944 while preparing for the Invasion of Normandy.
US Coast Guard photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office
||USS LCI(L)-488 landing infantry at Normandy, June 1944.
||Ensign flown from USS LCI(L)-488 on D-Day at Omaha Beach Landing.
US Naval History and Heritage Accession photo # NHHC 1978-74-A
The history for USS LCI(L)-488 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 16 July 2021
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