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USS LCI(L)-547 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Echo - India
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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 1 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 2 February 1944
Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-547, 5 February 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-547 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operations
Cape Sansapor operation, 31 July and 1 August 1944
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings; 4 to 18 January 1945
Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
El Fraile (Fort Drum), Manila Bay 13 April 1945
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-547, 15 July 1945
Redesignated USS LCI(L)-547, 10 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
USS LCI(L)-547 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 29 October 1947
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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||USS LCI(L)-547 and USS LCI(L)-663 landing troops from the 126th RCT of the 32nd Division at Morotai, the northernmost of the Moluccas Islands, 15 September 1944.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar, a US National Archives photo, courtesy Dennis Blocker.
||USS LCI(L)-547 landing troops at Morotai, 15 September 1944.
US National Archives image.
||USS LCI(L)-547 landing troops at Morotai, 15 September 1944. USS LCI(L)-547 grounded 100 yards from the beach and troops struggled ashore in water up to their necks. The LCI to the left in the photo is USS LCI(L)-663.
Photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2004 Calendar, courtesy Lew Miller, RM1/c, USS LCI(L)-547
USS LCI(G)-79 and
LCI(G)-547 moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., mid-October 1945 after returning home from the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
||James E. Mertz for his father Edward H. Mertz MoMM3/c LCI(G)-79
The history for USS LCI(L)-547 / LCI(G)-547 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 23 June 2017
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