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USS LCI(L)-562 was manned by the Navy for the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and by the Coast Guard for the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 24 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 24 February 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-562, 28 February 1944, LTjg. Sidney N. Ruffin, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LCI(L)-562 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 southern France, 15 to 31 August 1944 and 5 September 1944
Returned to US in early December 1944 for repairs and overhaul prior to re-assignment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Crew replaced by an all Coast Guard crew, 10 January 1945, LTjg. Henry E. Brubaker, USCGR, in command
Departed Norfolk, 18 January 1945, for San Diego via Key West and Canal Zone
Upon arrival at San Diego, USS LCI(L)-562 was attached to Commander, Training Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet for training and final availability at the Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA.
Departed San Diego, 20 April 1945, for Guam via Peal Harbor, and Eniwetok, arriving, 26 May 1945 for assignment to:
LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch USCG;
LCT Group One Hundred Four, LCDR. W. B. Harbeson USCG;
LCT Division Two Hundred Eight
At Guam USS LCI(L)-562 was assigned to Air-Sea Rescue duty, until 27 July 1945
Ordered to Eniwetok for ferry service between Eniwetok and surrounding atolls and islands including Kusaie, Caroline Islands, Majuro, Marshall Islands, Parry Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Guam, Saipan and Iwo Jima
Ordered to report to Long Beach, CA. for decommissioning, USS LCI(L)-562 departed Guam, 26 November 1945, via Pearl Harbor and San Diego, arriving 5 February 1946
Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Long Beach, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Sold, 12 December 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-562 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"
Light, 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
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
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
Diesel 860 Bbls
lube oil 200 gal
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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||USS LCI(L)-562 underway in the St Tropez area, August 1944.
||USS LCI(L)-234, USS LCI(L)-674 and USS LCI(L)-562 moored at Ratonneau Island off the southern coast of France, 30 August1944.
||Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
The history for USS LCI(L)-562 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
|01||LTjg. Ruffin, Sidney, N. USNR||28 February 1944 - 9 September 1944|
|02||ENS. Northrup, R. E., USNR||9 September 1944 - 16 January 1945|
|03||LTjg. Brubaker, Henry E., USCGR||16 January 1945 - 26 March 1946|
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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-562
Last Updated 17 October 2014
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