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USS LCI(L)-688


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Whiskey - Whiskey
NPWW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)



USS LCI(L)-688 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA BDI No.10 (Q-63)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 11 May 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched, 20 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-688, 26 May 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-688 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI Flotilla Twenty Two, CDR. Marion M. Byrd, USN and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 18 January 1945
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 12 to 13 July 1945, and 20 July 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay - 29 to 31 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS LCI(L)-688 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 September to 9 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 February 1948, for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the government of Argentina, redesignated ARA BDI No.10 (Q-63) in 1948
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1958, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-688 received the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 29 January to 10 June 1945, and earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    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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    The history for USS LCI(L)-688 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    History of LCI Flotilla 22
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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