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USS LCI(M)-596
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USS LCI(L)-596 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Echo - Echo
NPEE
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 - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 22 March 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 18 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-596, 22 April 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-596 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Date
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 18 September 1944

  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-596, 5 May 1945
  • Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater USS LCI(M)-596 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
  • Following World War II USS LCI(M)-596 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 November 1945 to 2 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1951
  • Sold, 1 May 1951
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-596 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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)-596 47k LCI(L)-596 at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Morrissey

    The history for LCI(L)-596 / LCI(M)-596 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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