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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-34


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 15 February 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart - Arthur Dunn, 25 January 1944
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down 21 September 1942, at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched in October 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, 3 November 1942, ENS. John W. Rozier in charge
  • During World War II LCT(5)-34 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Ten and LCT Flotilla Twenty and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
    "LCT(5)-34 Surplus to Navy needs. Made available for disposal. Comdt 3ND is authorized to deliver craft to the Rep., of the US MC when such delivery is requested by them for the purpose of disposal, CNO ltr ser. 541P414 of 25 Jan. 46. //Represented by US MC 2 July 47 and physically delivered at US Naval Berthing Site, Newark Bay, Bayonne, N. J. to Esperance Inc. 30 Broad St., Suite 810, NY, NY purchaser, US MC Certificate of Delivery of Vessel, NY, NY dtd 2 July 47// LCT(5)-34 STRICKEN FROM LIST OF DISTRICT CRAFT 25 FEB. 46"
  • Final Disposition, sold to Esperance Inc., New York City, N.Y., probably, for scrapping in 1946
  • LCT-34 earned four 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. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-35 282k LCTs on the beach at Salerno, 9 September 1943. From left to right; LCT(5)-26, LCT(5)-35, LCT(5)-242, unknown, LCT(5)-34 and unknown. Photos from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946, Daniel Wilmes
    LCT-34 30k LCT(5)-34 helmsman view of the Salerno beachhead, 9 September 1943. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 45k LCT(5)-34 crowded with soldiers being carried to the Salerno beachhead, 9 September 1943. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 58k LCT(5)-34 transporting Italian POWs after the Sicily or Salerno invasions sometime between July-October 1943. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 45k Aboard LCT(5)-34 Arthur Dunn gives Edward Dlotkowski a haircut. after the Salerno invasion. LCT(5)-34 was damaged and lay up on the beach for a number of days after the beachhead was finally secured, so there was time for taking care of everyday needs. Note the canned foods locker in th background. Dunn was hit in the eye by a sliver of shrapnel on 25 January 1944, very early in the Anzio operations, during one of the many air raids over Anzio harbor and was taken to a hospital in Naples. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 73k LCT(5)-34 crewmen Samuel Duggins, Arthur Dunn and William Mansfield visit the temples at Paestum near Salerno after the Salerno landings. Mansfield was the cook for LCT(5)-34 John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 232k LCT(5)-34 beached in 1943, possibly in either North Africa, Sicily or western Italy. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-34 446k LCT(5)-34 partial crew photo, possibly at Salerno. Left to right: crew member Duffy [?], Executive Officer Bob Burns (in sweater), Boatswain Jack Sigafoos, Motor Mac Parrish Dever, Officer-in-Charge LT. John W. Rozier, crew members William Mansfield and, kneeling, Edward Dlotkowski. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34
    LCT-224 59k LCT(5)-34 with Italian civilians being evacuated from the Anzio-Nettuno area down to Naples during the Anzio operations. John P. Rozier for his father LT. John W. Rozier OinC LCT(5)-34

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT(5)-34 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Original LCT-34 Crew Manifest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    US LCT-34
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