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USS LCI(G)-558
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USS LCI(L)-558 (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Whiskey - Echo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa campaign) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal


LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 24 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 18 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-558, 22 February 1944, LTjg H. S. Lewis USNR in command (May 1945)
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Guns) LCI(G)-558, 15 June 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(G)-558 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Six, CDR. A.R. Montgomery USN;
    LCI Group Sixteen, (flagship) LCDR. R. S. Richabaugh USNR;
    LCI Division Thirty-One and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 2 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Turned over to the State Department for disposal, 22 May 1946
  • Transferred to Indonesia in 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(G)-558 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    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
    LCI(L) Armament
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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)-558 44k Jack Allison S1/c atop USS LCI(G)-558 conning tower. Note the confirmed kills displayed. The location for this photo was either enroute Okinawa or while operating off Okinawa, circa March-June 1945. Darrell Allison for his father Jack Allison S1/c USS LCI(G)
    LCI(L)-558 43k USS LCI(G)-558 underway in heavy seas, date and location unknown. Darrell Allison for his father Jack Allison S1/c USS LCI(G)


    Crew photos, taken aboard USS LCI(L)-558 on various dates and at various unknown locations.
    Submitted by John W Shugart Jr. for his father John W Shugart. S1/c USS LCI(L)-588
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    The history for USS LCI(G)-558 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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