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USS LCI(G)-540
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USS LCI(L)-540 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Charlie - Delta
NWCD
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


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down 15 December 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 19 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-540, 22 January 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-540 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
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-540, 15 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-540 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5 1/2"
    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
    LCI(L) Complement
    3 Officers
    21 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    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
    LCI(L) Armament
    four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
    two .50cal machine guns
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm guns
    four 20mm guns
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-540 807k US Army troops in full battle dress board USS LCI(L)-540 from an LCVP, off the Normandy beachhead, 6 June 1944, in preparation for landing.
    US Navy photo from the US National Archives.
    Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary

    The history for USS LCI(L)-540 / LCI(G)-540 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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    Last Updated 14 March 2014