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USS LCI(L)-583

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Bravo - Victor

USS LCI(L)-583 was manned by the Navy for the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and by the Coast Guard for the Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LCI(L)-583 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA BDI No.1 (Q-54)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 28 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-583, 3 April 1944, LTjg. W.J. Sharpe, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-583 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 16 September 1944

  • Returned to US in early December 1944 for repairs and overhaul prior to assignment to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater<
    LCI Flotilla Thirty-Five, CDR. H. J. Wuensch USCG;
    LCT Group One Hundred Four, LCDR. W. B. Harbeson USCG;
    LCT Division Two Hundred Eight
  • Crew replaced by an all Coast Guard crew, 16 January 1945, LTjg. Miles Warner, USCGR, in command
  • Departed Norfolk, 17 January 1945, for San Diego via Key West and Canal Zone
  • Upon arrival at San Diego, USS LCI(L)-583 was attached to Commander, Training Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet for training and final availability at the Naval Repair Base, San Diego, CA.
  • Departed San Diego, 20 April 1945, for Guam via Peal Harbor, and Eniwetok
  • At Guam USS LCI(L)-583 was assigned to the escort pool, until early August 1945
  • Ordered to Eniwetok for ferry service between Eniwetok and surrounding atolls and islands
  • Ordered to Commander Marshall-Gilbert Area she moved on to Kwajalein
  • Ordered to report to Long Beach, CA. for decommissioning, USS LCI(L)-583 departed Kwajalein, in November 1945, via Pearl Harbor and San Diego, arriving 1 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold to Argentina in 1948 and named ARA BDI No.1 (Q-54)
  • Disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1991
  • USS LCI(L)-583 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 246 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
    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
    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
    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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    USS LCI(L)-583
    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)-583 286k USS LCI(L)-583 and USS LCI(L)-530 moored at Bizerte, Tunisia, circa May 1944. Photo by Robert W. Van Keuren CO USS LCI(L)-665
    LCI(L)-583 62k USS LCI(L)-583 maneuvering with other LCI's to get into position to land troops at St. Tropez Bay, southern France. Photo by Ben Chiancola and appeared in the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item" March 2002 issue. Ardie Hunt
    ARA BDI No.1 (Q-54)
    LCI(L)-583 13k Ex-USS LCI(L)-583 in Argentine naval service as ARA BDI No.1 (Q-54), underway, date and location unknown. Official Argentine navy photo from Robert Hurst

    The history for USS LCI(L)-583 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Sharpe, W. J., USNR3 April 1944 - 3 July 1944
    02LTjg. Woodruff, Robert J., USNR3 July 1944 - 12 September 1944
    03ENS. Neal Jr., James B., USNR12 September 1944 - 16 January 1945
    04LTjg. Warner, Miles, USCGR16 January 1945 - 25 March 1946

    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
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LCI(L)-583

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