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USS LCI(L)-544 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Charlie - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 24 Dec 1943, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 25 January 1944
Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-544, 31 January 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-544 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Western New Guinea operations
Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operations, 17 to 22 May 1944
Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 12 July 1944
Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July 1944, and 1 August 1944
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-544, 15 July 1945
Classification reverted to LCI(L)-544, 10 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia, PA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-544 earned two battle stars for World War II service.
Displacement 236 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
LCI(L) Complement 4 officers 24 enlisted
LCI(G) Complement 4 officers 53 enlisted
LCI(L) 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
LCI(L) Armament four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
LCI(G) Armament ten rocket launchers, two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, and six .50 cal machine guns
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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||USS LCI(L)-544 underway, date and location unknown.
||USS LCI(L)-544 landing 6th Division troops at Cape Sansapor, New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
Photo from USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar, a US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker.
||From left to right; USS LCI(L)-430, USS LCI(L)-335 and USS LCI(L)-544 landing 6th Division troops at Cape Sansapor, New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
||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
The history for USS LCI(L)-544 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
Last Updated 21 August 2009
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|