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Struck a mine, 17 November 1944
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 20 July 1942, at Dravo Corp., Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 21 October 1942
Commissioned USS LST-6, 30 January 1943, LT. Benjamin J. Franklin, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-6 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
USS LST-6 struck a mine and sank in six fathoms of water while enroute from Rouen, France, to Portland, England, 17 November 1944
Struck from the Naval Register 22 December 1944
USS LST-6 earned three battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Boats 6 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,700shp
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||USS LST-6 underway during the Invasion of Normandy. LST-6 towed a rhino barge and tug to Omaha Beach on
6 June 1944 so this photo may be of her sometime after June 6, returning to England or making an additional run with supplies for the invasion forces sometime after 6 June.
Note her boat davits are empty.
Ref. COM LST-GR 34 Act Rep. of Ops, Invasion of Normandy. US National Archives Identifier 78511370, TimeLife_Image_116688771, by David Scherman.
||LST-6 and USS LST-375
in the harbor at Portland, England, circa May-June 1944 while preparing for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.
TimeLife_Image_116688771, Photographer David Scherman. For non-commercial use only.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 16 July 2021
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|