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USS LCI(M)-588
USS LCI(L)-588 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Charlie - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Ribbon (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LCI(M)-588 was transferred to the Netherlands, named HNLMS Stormvogel later transferred to Indonesia and renamed KRI Namlea

LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 11 March 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp. Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 4 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-588, 10 April 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-588 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign:
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 18 September 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-588 was reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-588, 15 March 1945
  • Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater USS LCI(M)-588 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 where she was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    9 November to 3 December 1945
    2 January to 10 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, circa 1945-46
  • Struck from the Naval Register, circa 1945-46
  • USS LCI(L)-588 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the State Department, 30 May 1946, for disposal
  • Transferred to the Netherlands in 1946, named HNLMS Stormvogel
  • Handed over to the Dutch East Indies government on the formation of the Indonesian Navy in 1950, renamed KRI Namlea
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    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 4.2" 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
    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(M)-588 73k USS LCI(M)-588 under way with USS LCI(M)-596 in the distant background, circa 1945. Donald G. Bowman, USS LCI(M)-588

    The history for LCI(L)-588 / LCI(M)-588 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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