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Lost to weather in the Gulf of Gaeta, 25 February 1944

Landing Craft Tank

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5) Class:
  • 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-26 was assigned to the European Theater LCT Flotillas 10 and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation 10 July 1943 (Flotilla 10) Salerno landings 9 September 1943 (Flotilla 10)

  • Lost do to weather conditions in the Gulf of Gaeta, Italy, 25 February 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 March 1944
  • LCT-26 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 286 short tons
    Length 114' 2" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 3'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 13
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 1 single 20mm AA gun mount, 2 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 675 per shaft

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    LCT-26 39k LCT-26 beached at Licata Sicily while unloading troops during the Sicilian operations. US Army photo. World War II LCT Flotillas
    LCT-1 282k LCTs on the beach at Salerno, 9 September 1943. From left to right; LCT-26, LCT-35, LCT-242, unknown, LCT-34 and unknown. Photos from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946, Daniel Wilmes

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-26 available at Navsource
    View the LCT-26 page located at the World War II LCT Flotillas web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas

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