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USS LCI(L)-538 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 13 December 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 14 January 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-538, 20 January 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-538 / LCI(G)-538 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following action/campaign
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-538, 15 July 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS LCI(L)-538 received two battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Admiral Farragut Academy, 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5 1/2"
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
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
LCI(L) 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
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
two 40mm guns
four 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||Troops prepare to board their ships for the Normandy invasion from LCVPs in an English harbor, circa 4 June 1944. USS LCI(L)-403 along with USS LCI(L)-538 (center) and USS LCI(L)-537 are nested together in the center of the harbor waiting their turn to load troops.
||Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
||USS LCI(G)-538) at rest and underway, date and location unknown. LCI(G)-538) represented the closest possible approach to an LCS(L). Because the program was stopped with the end of the war, she was probably the only LCI(G) of her type completed.
US Navy photos from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
The history for USS LCI(L)-538 / LCI(G)-538 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 6 June 2014
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