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USS LCI(L)-555


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Victor - Echo
NFVE
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 (3)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down 15 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched 14 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-555, 18 February 1944, LTjg. Jack Flinn, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-555 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944 Invasion of southern France, 15 to 22 August 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  

  • In May 1945 USS LCI(L)-555 was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Eight, LCDR. J. P. Moore;
    LCI Group One Hundred Nine, LCDR. J. W. Detwiler USNR;
    LCI Division Two Hundred Eighteen
  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-555 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 22 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 July 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-555 received three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    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
    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
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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)-555 158k USS LCI(L)-555's first commanding officer, LTjg. Jack Flinn, USNR, standing in front of the ship's conning tower. Note the ship's crest above Captain Flinn's head. "Dopey" from Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Woody Moyle GM2/c USNR USS LCI)L)-555.
    LCI(L)-555 76k USS LCI(L)-555 heading for Dog Red Beach at Omaha Beach, Normandy, approximately 1030, D-Day 6 June 1944. Note the troops on deck. Photo was taken from a passing LCT. Woody Moyle GM2/c USNR USS LCI)L)-555.
    LCI(L)-555 278k USS LCI(L)-555 crew members in the ship's galley, first names only, Charlie, Busse and Rusty. Courtesy the Woody Moyle GM2/c USNR collection. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc
    LCI(L)-555 295k USS LCI(L)-555 crew member first name only, Charlie. Courtesy the Woody Moyle GM2/c USNR collection. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc
    LCI(L)-555 230k USS LCI(L)-555 crew writing letters, first names only - Andy, Rusty and Woody Moyle. Courtesy the Woody Moyle GM2/c USNR collection. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc

    The history for USS LCI(L)-555 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
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