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USS LCI(L)-551


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Tango - Romeo
NFTR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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



USS LCI(L)-551 was transferred to the Soviet Union, redesignated DS-3
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 12 January 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 7 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-551, 11 February 1944, LTjg Fred Caraiedo USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-551 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns;
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 21 September 1944

  • USS LCI(L)-551 was decommissioned and transferred as part of Project Hula to the Soviet Union at Cold Bay, AK., 29 July 1945, designated DS-3 by the Soviet Union
  • Ex-USS LCI(L)-551 (Soviet Navy DS-3) participated in the Soviet invasion of the Japanese Kuril Islands between 18 August and 1 September 1945
  • Returned to US Naval custody in 1955 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-551 received two battle stars for World War II service
    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
    Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    130 tons Diesel
    200 gal. lube oil
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 GM Diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600
    twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-551 1560k USS LCI(L)-551 underway in May 1945, flying her colors at half-mast in honor of the recently deceased President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On 29 July 1945, during Project Hula, the United States transferred her to the Soviet Navy in which, as DS-48, she took part in the Soviet invasion of the Kuril Islands. The Soviet Union returned her to the United States in 1955. Dan Clark for Don A. Buswell USS LCI(L)-551
    LCI(L)-551 257k USS LCI(L)-551 underway, date and location unknown. Dan Clark for Don A. Buswell USS LCI(L)-551
    LCI(L)-551 612k USS LCI(L)-551 crew members, left to right Navsik Cox, Johnson S2/c, Dagastion SM3c, and ENS Roberts. Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-551 268k USS LCI(L)-551 crew photo taken at Fowley, England, date unknown. Ship's officers left to right: Engineering Officer Langenheim, Executive Officer Buswell, Commanding Officer LTjg Fred Caraiedo, Medical Officer Johnson, and O'Brien. Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-551 185k LTjg. Don A. Buswell CO USS LCI(L)-551 with sextant while underway, date and location unknown. Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-551 114k USS LCI(L)-551 underway, date and location unknown. Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LCI(L)-551 106k USS LCI(L)-551 crew member Richard Hudson with the ship's smoke generator. Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary

    The history for USS LCI(L)-551 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    LTjg. Don A. Buswell
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Caraiedo, Fred USNR11 February 1944 - ?
    02LTjg. Buswell, Don A.WWII

    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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