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USS LSIL-545
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USS LCI(L)-545 (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Charlie - Zulu
NWCZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 31 December 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-545, 2 February 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-545 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Cape Sansapor operation, 31 July to 1 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-545 was assigned to Reserve Training in the First Naval District
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Infantry Large USS LSIL-545 in 1949
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-545 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Permanently grounded at the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) Damage Control School, Bayonne, N.J. used to teach MSTS crews shipboard damage control
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    Specifications:
    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
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-545 837k USS LCI(L)-545 putting troops ashore in New Guinea, date unknown.
    US National Archives photo
    Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-545 837k USS LCI(L)-545 at Hollandia, New Guinea, date unknown.
    US National Archives photo
    Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-545 54k USS LCI(L)-545 crew photo, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", February 2006, courtesy Bernard A. Clark, C.O. USS LCI(L)-545
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-545 85k Ex-USS LCI(L)-545 in use as a training platform for MSTS crews, at Bayonne, N.J.
    US Navy photo from "MSTS Magazine"
    Carl R Friberg Jr.
    LCI(L)-545 305k
    LCI(L)-545

    The history for USS LCI(L)-545 / LSIL-545 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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