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Lost to enemy action, 6 June 1944

USS LCI(L)-553

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Uniform - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (6 June 1944, Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-553, 15 February 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-553 was assigned to the Europe- Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944
  • Lost to enemy gun fire at Normandy, 6 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-553 earned one battle star 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
    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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    LCI(L)-553 88k USS LCI(L)-553 and USS LCI(L)-410 land troops on "Omaha" Beach, during the initial assault there on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Photographed from the conning station of USS LCI(L)-412. USS LCI(L)-553, hit by two shells, was left a wreck on the beach on "D-Day".
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-421287, a US Navy Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCI(L)-553 107k USS LCI(L)-553 and USS LCI(L)-410 beached at Omaha Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944. After landing her troops, LCI(L)-553 was unable to retract from the beach and was lost to German 88mm gun fire. The crew was forced to abandon ship and take cover on the beach.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-421288, a US Navy Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    Courtesy Robert M. Leach MoMM3/c USS LCI(L)-553 and the US Naval Historical Center
    LCI(L)-553 101k "D-Day" scene on "Omaha" Beach, 6 June 1944.
    USS LCI(L)-553, lost at this time, is partially visible in the left background. LCVP landing craft at left is from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). Note the "Caution No Signal Left Drive" sign on the vehicle in lower right.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 189899, a US Army Photo now in the US Army Signal Corps collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    The history for USS LCI(L)-553 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

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