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LCI(L)-534


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J., (date unknown)
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-534, 13 January 1944, LTjg William Ludes USNR in command
  • During World War II LCI(L)-534 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 July 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    LCI(L) 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 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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    LCI(L)-534 227k LCI(L)-534 fantail. Note liberty dinghy standing on end. Photo courtesy Robert Zapc, taken from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, December 1996 issue Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-534 249k LCI(L)-534 Chart Room. LTjg William Ludes, Commanding Officer. Photo courtesy Robert Zapc, taken from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, December 1996 issue Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-534 134k LCI(L)-534's signal flags in the flag bag. Al Redman, S1/C at right. Photo courtesy Robert Zapc, taken from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, December 1996 issue Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-534 140k Picture taken from the mast of LCI(L)-534 looking down on the conning tower. Note magnetic compass in center of conn. Photo courtesy Robert Zapc, taken from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, December 1996 issue Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-534 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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