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USS LCI(L)-535 (1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 7 December 1943, New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 11 January 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-535, 15 January 1944,. LTjg. H. B. Sims, USNR in command
Reclassified Landing Craft Flotilla Flagship LC(FF)-535, 31 December 1944
During World War II USS LC(FF)-535 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LC(FF) Flotilla Twenty-Three CDR. Dennis L. Francis, USN;
LC(FF) Group Sixty-Seven;
LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:
Decommissioned, date unknown
Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LC(FF)-535 earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 18 June 1945
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
Speed 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 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.
two sets of 4 GM Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-535 beached at Virginia Beach, VA. during amphibious training exercises, subsequently converted to Flotilla Flagship
USS LC(FF)-535 and became the
LSM Flotilla Nine headquarters ship for Commander Dennis L. Francis, USN, during the Okinawa Operation 1945.
Original photograph was provided to Ron MacKay Jr., courtesy PhM/1c Robert W. Cox. This photo is featured on page 68 the book, "The U.S. Navy's "Interim" LSM(R)s in World War II" by
McFarland Publishing (2016).
The history for USS LC(FF)-535 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
CTG 52.21 (LSM Flot 9)'s Action Report IE SHIMA and Southeastern OKINAWA, 2 to 20 April 1945
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 16 December 2018
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