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USS LCI(M)-582
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USS LCI(L)-582 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Bravo - Tango
NPBT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI(L)-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 29 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 24 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-582, 1 April 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-582 was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and subsequently redeployed to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 9 September 1944 Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 16 March 1945
      Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June1945

  • Redesignated Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) USS LCI(M)-582, 5 May 1945
  • Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater USS LCI(M)-582 was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Twenty-One, CDR. L. B. Balliere USNR;
    LCI Group Sixty-Two, LT. G. P. Eckel USNR;
    LCI Division One Hundred Twenty-Three
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-582 / USS LCI(M)-582 earned three battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 11 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(M) Complement
    4 Officers
    49 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(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun mount, forward
    four 20mm gun mounts
    three 4.2mm chemical mortars mounted in three 4ft x 4ft wooden walled 2" x 6" high sand boxes on the well deck with the three tripod mortar tubes in position to fire forward over the bow, No. 2 Troop Compartment (under well deck) converted to a magazine
    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)-581 203k LCIs moored at Bizerte, Tunisia, circa May 1944. From left to right front row:
    USS LCI(L)-586
    USS LCI(L)-589
    USS LCI(L)-583
    USS LCI(L)-581
    USS LCI(L)-951
    USS LCI(L)-582
    LCIs left to right back row:
    Four unidentified LCIs
    USS LCI(L)-671
    USS LCI(L)-670
    USS LCI(L)-669
    USS LCI(L)-672
    USS LCI(L)-528
    Photo by Robert W. Van Keuren CO USS LCI(l)-665
    LCI(L)-582 73k USS LCI(L)-582 crew photo while moored pierside at Mers-El-Kebir, Algeria, date unknown. In the background are two additional LCIs, LCI(L)-581 and an unidentified LCI(L). George C. Weisert ETM1/cUSS LCI(L)-582, Group Staff
    LCI(L)-582 187k USS LCI(L)-582 crew photo taken while the ship was moored pierside at Mers-El-Kebir, Algeria, date unknown. LTjg. Ciccarelli is the officer in the front row on the right, George Weisert is on the left end of the first row behind the officers. Note this ships mascot "Rusty" in the arms of one of the sailors. The LCI in the background is believed to be United Kingdom HM LCI(L)-507. George C. Weisert ETM1/cUSS LCI(L)-582, Group Staff and Stephen Ciccarelli for his father Mauro Ciccarelli LTjg USNR LCI(L)-582
    LCI(L)-582 77k R.J. Ascherl at the head of a pier, date and location unknown, with his ship USS LCI(L)-584 moored astern of USS LCI(L)-582and an unidentified LCI moored outboard, date unknown.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" February 2006 issue, courtesy of R.J. Ascherl, USS LCI(L)-584.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-582 43k USS LCI(L)-582 dry docked, at Naples, Italy, just prior to her return to the United States, fall 1944. George C. Weisert ETM1/cUSS LCI(L)-582, Group Staff
    LCI(L)-582 128k USS LCI(L)-582 dry docked, at Naples, Italy, just prior to her return to the United States, fall 1944. George C. Weisert ETM1/cUSS LCI(L)-582, Group Staff
    LCI-77/78/81/582/79/547 95k USS LCI(G)-77,
    USS LCI(G)-78,
    USS LCI(G)-81,
    USS LCI(M)-582,
    USS LCI(G)-79
    and
    USS LCI(G)-547 moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., mid-October 1945 after returning home from the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
    James E. Mertz for his father Edward H. Mertz MoMM3/c LCI(G)-79
    LCI-78/81/582/79 85k USS LCI(G)-78,
    USS LCI(G)-81,
    USS LCI(M)-582,
    USS LCI(G)-79
    moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., mid-October 1945.
    James E. Mertz for his father Edward H. Mertz MoMM3/c LCI(G)-79

    The history for USS LCI(L)-582 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
    Additional Photos from the George C. Weisert Collection
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