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Landing Craft Tank

LCT(5)-8 was Lend-Lease to the UK and Reverse Lend-Lease back to the US
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944, Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 15 July 1942 as LCT(5)-8, at Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched, 12 August 1942
  • Delivered, 5 September 1942
  • Transferred, 28 September 1942, to the United Kingdom, under the Lend-Lease program for Mediterranean Theater service, redesignated HM LCT-2008
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to Reverse Lend-Lease to the US Navy, redesignated LCT(A)-2008
  • During World War II LCT(A)-2008 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • LCT(A)-2008 was assigned to LCT Gunfire Support Group for the Invasion of Normandy
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • LCT(A)-2008 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned, 13 March 1946, to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold in April 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-8/A2008 73k LCT(A)-2008 loaded with reinforcements moving toward the beach at Normandy on 7 June 1944. Note the missing bow ramp. She lost it on the beach the day before. In the center of the photo is a British LCR and various supply ships in the background.
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    Ramon Jackson

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT(5)-8 / LCT(A)-2008 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    LCT(A)s at Normandy on D-Day
    Excerpt taking from the rough deck log of LCT 2008 - June 6, 1944 submitted by Ronald James Fardell in honor of his father James Fardell LCT(A)-2008
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    Last Updated 23 March 2018