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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
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
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
||LCIs moored at Bizerte, Tunisia, circa May 1944. From left to right front row:
LCIs left to right back row:
Four unidentified LCIs
|Photo by Robert W. Van Keuren CO USS LCI(L)-665
||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
||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.
| ARA BDI No.1 (Q-54)
||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 hisarmar.com.
The history for USS LCI(L)-583 is from "The Coast Guard At War, Transports and Escorts, Volume II"
|01||LTjg. Sharpe, W. J., USNR||3 April 1944 - 3 July 1944|
|02||LTjg. Woodruff, Robert J., USNR||3 July 1944 - 12 September 1944|
|03||ENS. Neal Jr., James B., USNR||12 September 1944 - 16 January 1945|
|04||LTjg. Warner, Miles, USCGR||16 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
Last Updated 17 October 2014
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