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USS LCI(M)-755
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USS LCI(G)-755 (1945)
USS LCI(L)-755 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Tango
NQOT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 3 April 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 23 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-755, 8 May 1944, LTjg. W. E. Bowser, USNR in command
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-755, 1 March 1945
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Mortar) LCI(M)-755, 30 April 1945
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-755 / LCI(G)-755 / LCI(M)-755 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. T. W. Rimer;
    LCI Group Forty-Two, LCDR. A. H. Conners USNR;
    LCI Division Eighty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Leyte operations
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 14 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCI(M)-755 was assigned to Occupation duty in the Far East from 18 November 1945 to 2 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-755 / LCI(G)-755 / LCI(M)-755 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 13 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    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(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 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
    10 MK7 rocket launchers
    LCI(M) Armament
    one single 40mm gun, forward
    four 20mm guns
    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 869 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)-755 78k USS LCI(L)-755 commissioning crew photo, 8 May 1944, Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 97k USS LCI(L)-755 in convoy, date and location unknown. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 88k USS LCI(M)-755 mortars in operation, date and location unknown. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 93k USS LCI(M)-755 open bridge with ships officers plus several unidentified officers, date and location unknown. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 107k USS LCI(M)-755 officers, Lt. Wade E. Bowser is in the center of the photo, date and location unknown. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 121k Rear Admiral Forrest B. Royal USN Commanded Amphibious Group Six aboard LCI(M)-755, During the Leyte operation, circa October-November 1944. Gary Kruse for his father-in-law Lt. Wade E. Bowser USNR USS LCI(M)-755
    LCI(L)-755 141k

    The history for USS LCI(L)-755 / LCI(G)-755 / LCI(M)-755 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Bowser, W. E., USNR8 May 1944 - ?

    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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