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Lost due to grounding off Normandy 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank

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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5) Class:
  • Laid down, 3 September 1942, at Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched 8 October 1942
  • Delivered, 14 October 1942
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(5)-27 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCT Flotillas Ten and LCT Flotilla Eighteen, LCDR A. Hayes, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation (Flotilla 10)
    Tunisian operations, 8 November 1942 to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings 9 September 1943 (Flotilla 10)
    Sicilian occupation 10 July 1943 (Flotilla 10) Invasion of Normandy 6 June 1944 (Flotilla 18)

  • LCT(5)-27 carried the 467th AAAW Bn at Normandy
  • Lost due to grounding off the Normandy beachhead, 6 June 1944
    LCT(5)-27 lost her starboard screw, and then was damaged by gunfire while attempting to beach at Dog Green, Omaha Beach. She was towed off the beach by LCT(6)-535 to a repair tug, but the tug was called away. LCT(5)-207 then attempted to tow LCT(5)-27 to the beach, but the badly damaged LCT capsized within 1500 yards of the beach with loss of all vehicles. Refloated by USS Bannock (ATF-81), 9 July 1944, and sunk in 66' of water in Baie de Seine (49-24-50N 000-49-45W)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 October 1944
  • LCT(5)-27 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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. Ship's service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-27 71k LCT(5)-27 beached at Licata, Sicily, July 1943. © Wide World, 1966 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret

    There is no history for LCT(5)-27 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-27 World War II LCT Flotillas
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