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Lost to enemy action, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-25


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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down in August 1942 at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched in September 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service in October 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-25 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotillas Ten;
    LCT Group Fifty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 10 July 1943 (Flotilla 10) Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944 (Flotilla 18, Group 53)
    Transported 1st Platoon, B Battery 197th AAA AW (SP) Battalion, Platoon Commander LT. Albion
    Salerno landings, 9 September 1943 (Flotilla 10)  

  • Lost to enemy action 6 June 1944, at Normandy
  • Struck from the Naval Register 30 March 1945
  • LCT(5)-25 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-25 389k LCT(5)-25 unloading an armored car on Normandy Beach, France, June 1944. In the background are Allied ships.
    US National ARchives photo # 80-G-285210, a U.S. Navy photo, now in the collections of the National Archives.
    Michael Mohl
    LCT-25 40k LCT(5)-25 under way off Gela, Sicily, July 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-25 50k LCT(5)-25 on the beach at Normandy, 6 June 1944. LCT(5)-25 carried half-tracks equipped with a 37mm cannon and twin 50 cal. machine guns. As the ramp was dropped and the first half-track exited, it was instantly hit, probably by shell fire and blew-up setting the other half-tracks and LCT-25 on fire. On D+1 a number of badly burned bodies were observed lying on the deck. (Eyewitness account)  
    LCT-25 123k LCT(5)-25, along with other landing craft and pontoon causeways being battered by the Normandy storm on 21 June 1944, probably at "Omaha" Beach. LCT-25 is in the left center, sunk with her cargo of vehicles still on board. Beyond her is USS LCI(L)-497, which is listed as having been lost to enemy action on 6 June 1944. Photo from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the US National Archives. Photo #: SC 193921 Robert Hurst
    LCT-25 29k hulk of LCT(5)-25 at Normandy, circa June 1944 John H. Kellers GM3/c USS LCT-539

    There is no DANFS history for LCT(5)-25 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    The World War II LCT Flotillas
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