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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
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    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
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    360k 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.
    David Upton
    327k 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.
    David Upton

    USS LST-6
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Franklin, Benjamin James, USN30 January 1943 - August 1944
    02LT. Weddle, W. H., USNAugust 1944 - 17 November 1944
    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
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