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USS LCI(L)-606

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Golf - Echo
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
    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)-606
    LCI(L)-606/LSM-344 107k 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
    LCI(L)-606/LSM-344 228k USS LCI-606 tying up alongside an LCT, date and location unknown.
    Photo from US Navy Memorial
    Richard Levine
    ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57)
    LCI(L)-606/LSM-344 50k Ex-USS LCI-606 in the Republic of Argentina service as ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57) underway, date and place unknown. Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-606/LSM-344 20k ARA BDI No.4 (Q-57) and ARA BDI No.5 (Q-58) (ex-USS LCI(L)-750 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    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

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