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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LCI(L)-606 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 4 April 1944, at New Jersey Ship Building Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 2 May 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-606, 8 May 1944, LTjg. J. C. Johnston, USNR in command (May 1945)
During World War II USS LCI(L)-606 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Five, CDR. M. V. Milton;
LCI Group Fifteen, (flagship) LCDR. E. S. Dulcan;
LCI Division Twenty-Nine
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-606 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 12 September 1945 to 5 January 1946
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 18 February 1958, for disposal
Transferred to the government of Argentina, redesignated ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57) in 1949
Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1967, fate unknown
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-606 at Sasebo, Japan, USS LSM-344 and possibly USS LSM-476 left background, leaving port. An unidentified destroyer and tender can be seen in the right background, 24 September 1945.
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 023
||USS LCI-606 tying up alongside an LCT, date and location unknown.
Photo from US Navy Memorial
|ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57)
||Ex-USS LCI-606 in the Republic of Argentina service as ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57) underway, date and place unknown.
||ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57) and ARA BDI No.5 (Q-58) (ex-USS LCI(L)-750 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
There is no DANFS History currently available for USS LCI(L)-606 at
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
Last Updated 14 March 2014
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