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USS LCI(L)-493

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Uniform - Hotel
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)-493 was leased to the United Kingdom following the Invasion of Normandy in 1944
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-493, 30 November 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-493 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, 30 November 1944
  • Returned to US custody, 24 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 28 October 1947, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-493 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)-493 108k USS LCI(L)-493 underway off the coast of Normandy, June 1944.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-495 53k USS LCI(L)-493 moored alongside USS LCI(L)-495, date and location unknown. John Boucher for his father LCDR. John W. Boucher USS LCI(L)-495)
    LCI(L)-493 59k USS LCI(L)-493 in a southern English port date unknown.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LCI(L)-493 82k USS LCI(L)-493 Painting titled "The Battered Amphibian", by Combat Artist Dwight C. Shepler, done in England, April 1944. From the "About Our Cover:" section of USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, January 2005 issue: "In April of 1944, Paigton Sands, Cornwall, England was the scene for an early practice landing by LCI's recently arrived from the US. Just about everything went wrong. LCI 493 ended up broached against the rocks with another LCI pounding up against her from the other side all night long. The next morning the battered 493 made her way up the River Dart to a marine railway where combat artist Dwight C. Shepler painted her as she underwent repairs." Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-493 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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