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USS LCI(L)-549

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Echo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 1 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 4 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-549, 8 February 1944, LTjg G. E. Saunders, USN in command (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-549 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR. E. C. Folger;
    LCI Group Fifty-Five, LCDR. S. J. Kelley USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 24 June 1945
    Minesweeping operation-Pacific
    Sasebo (Kyushu-Korea Area) 9 to 13 September 1945
    Tsushima Straits (Kyusyu-Korea Area) - 12 to 20 October 1945
    Klondike (East China Sea-Ryukyus Area) - 27 to 31 October 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-549 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from, 2 September to 14 December 1945
  • USS LCI(L)-549 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.5 (Target Vessels - Landing Craft Units - LCI Group 7 (LCI GRU 7) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-549 received two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 August 1949
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 August 1949, to the Learner Corporation of California scrapping completed in the fall of 1949
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    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)-549 94k USS LCI(L)-549 underway with a tug alongside, date and location unknown. Note she has yet to receive her guns.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Jerry Gilmartin AFMM secretary LCI 713 restoration crew
    LCI(L)-549 74k USS LCI(L)-549 engine room control panel Dan Snow to honor his Grandfather Paul H. Rogers MMoM3/c USS LCI(L)-549

    The history for USS LCI(L)-549 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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