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USS LCI(L) -554

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Normandy, 6 June 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS LCI(L)-554 was transferred to the Soviet Union, redesignated DS-9
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 15 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 11 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-554, 16 February 1944, LTjg. E. B. Koehler USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-554 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Eleven
    LCI Group Thirty-Three and participated in the following campaigns;
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 16 September 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  

  • USS LCI(L)-554 was decommissioned and transferred as part of Project Hula to the Soviet Union at Cold Bay, AK., 29 July 1945, designated Soviet Landing Ship DS-9
  • Ex-USS LCI(L)-554 (Soviet Navy DS-9) participated in the Soviet invasion of the Japanese Kuril Islands between 18 August and 1 September 1945
  • Returned to US Naval custody in 1955 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-554 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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
    Speed 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
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    130 tons Diesel
    200 gal. lube oil
    two sets of 4 GM Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-554 55k USS LCI(L) 554 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, D-Day plus 2 (8 June 1944) USS LCI(L)-554 made several landings on Omaha on D-Day and in the days after. German prisoners of war are being brought out to the landing craft. This photo was originally published in the 26 June 1944 issue of LIFE magazine. ©Frank Scherschel/Timepix. Photo purchased from Time/Life by Derek May and submitted to honor his father, Wesley May, S1C, LCI(L) 554
    LCI(L)-554 66k

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    After Action Report of Operations at Normandy
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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