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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 13 January 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 8 February 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-552, 14 February 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-552 was assigned to the both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater USS LCI(L)-552 was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation service from 18 to 22 October 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 March 1947, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LCI(L)-552 earned two battle stars for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 10 September 1945
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
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
Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
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)-552 and LCI(L)-522 landing troops of the US Army 45th Division during the Invasion of Southern France, near Ste. Maxime, on "D-Day" 15 August 1944.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SC-193146.
|James Morse for his father, David G. Morse, Jr. Lt. USNR, USS LCI(L)-552) and David Kerr
The history for USS LCI(L)-552 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 4 September 2009
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