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Landing Craft Tank

LCT(5)-135 was Lend-Lease to the UK and Reverse Lend-Lease back to the US
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 6 August 1942, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy, IL.
  • Launched, 7 September 1942
  • Delivered, 16 September 1942
  • Transferred, 16 November 1942, to the United Kingdom, under the Lend-Lease program HM LCT-2135
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to Reverse Lend-Lease to the US Navy, redesignated LCT(A)-2135
  • During World War II LCT(A)-2135 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)-2135 was assigned to LCT Gunfire Support Group for the Invasion of Normandy
  • LCT(A)-2135 was returned to the Royal Navy after the Invasion of Normandy
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(A)-2135 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned, 2 December 1946, to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold in June 1947
  • 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-135 81k LCT(A)-2135 crew photo, second from right, front row, LT. William H. Cross RNVR, second from left front row Midshipman David C Shields RNVR. date and location unknown. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. William H. Cross RNVR LCT-2135
    LCT-135 128k LCT(A)-2135 A US Army captain is reading General Eisenhower's address to his armies from the bridge of LCT(A)-2135 as troops and equipment are enroute to Utah Beach, 5 June 1944. LCT-2135 carried 13 jeeps, 6 armored cars, 2 small trucks, 1 tank, and 80 men for to the invasion beaches at Normandy. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. William H. Cross RNVR LCT-2135
    LCT-135 75k LCT(A)-2135 on the beach at Utah Beach during the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944. The jeep closest to the ramp was lost when off loaded due to the fast rising tide. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. William H. Cross RNVR LCT-2135
    LCT-135 97k LCT(A)-2135 on the beach at Courseulles, France in June 1944 for repairs. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. W H Cross RNVR LCT-2135
    LCT-135 95k LCT(A)-2135 moored at Saas-Van-Ghent, Belgium, date unknown. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. William H. Cross RNVR LCT-2135
    LCT-135 46k LCT(A)-2135 at Den Helder, The Netherlands, to load German POWS for repatriation. They were transported to Harlingen, The Netherlands, and from there they walked back to Germany. Ron Rijkers

    There is no history record for LCT(5)-135 / LCT-2135 / LCT(A)-2135 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
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    Last Updated 13 April 2018