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USS LCI(L)-556 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Victor - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 19 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 16 February 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-556, 19 February 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-556 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
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||Campaign and Dates
|Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) USS LCI(G)-556, 10 July 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
Sold, 10 December 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-556 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing); 389 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5 1/2"
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
LCI(L) Troop Capacity
LCI(L) 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
four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft
two .50cal machine guns
two 40mm guns
four 20mm guns
six .50cal machine guns
ten MK7 rocket launchers
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
two sets of 4 General Motors Diesel engines, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-556 "high and dry" on mud flats in England, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Lance Caputo, for his father Francis L. Caputo, GM2/c, USS LCI(L)-556. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, January 2005 issue.
||USS LCI(L)-556 "Celebrating another victory in the Captain's Quarters!" Left to Right: Frank Caputo (GM), Captain P. Walsby, Walter Simmington (QM),
Ray Wakild (MM), and Fred West (MM). Photo courtesy of Lance Caputo, for his father Francis L. Caputo, GM2/c, USS LCI(L)-556. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, January 2005 issue.
||Ray Wakild, MM1/c at the engine room controls of USS LCI(L)-556. Photo courtesy of Lance Caputo, for his father Francis L. Caputo, GM2/c, USS LCI(L)-556. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter The Elsie Item, January 2005 issue.
||The crew of USS LCI(L)-556 on the beach at Torquay, England, sometime after D-Day. Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", December 2005 issue, courtesy, Walt Simonsen, QM1/c USS LCI(L)-556.
||USS President Warfield (IX-169) moored on the Seine River, France, circa 1944-1945. President Warfield was serving as a Base and Accommodations Ship for LCIs. Alongside, from left to right;
USS LCI(L)-401 and
USS LCI(L)-556. In the right foreground is an LCT and HMS ML-248.
US Army Signal Corps Photo # SC-222893, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
|Robert G. Morrissey
The history for USS LCI(L)-556 / LCI(G)-556 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
Last Updated 14 March 2014
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