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USS LCI(L)-563 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Xray - Romeo
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 (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 26 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 25 February 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-563, 1 March 1944
During World War II USS LCI(L)-563 / LCI(G)-563 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-563, 15 July 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 1946
Transferred to the State Department, 9 July 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LCI(L)-563 received one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 9 September 1944
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 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
LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, ten MK7 rocket launchers
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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||USS LCI(L)-563 at anchor off the coast of southern France in August 1944.
||John Behan for his Father-in-law Leopold Ziemba Momm1/c USS LCI(l)-563
||USS LCI(G)-563 and USS LCI(M)-1056 moored pierside, probably in the Philippines, note civilians on board.
||Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc
The history for USS LCI(L)-563 / LCI(G)-563 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
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 4 June 2010
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