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Landing Craft Tank

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 21 September 1942, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy, IL.
  • Launched, 24 October 1942
  • Delivered, 10 November 1942
  • Placed out of service, date unknown, ENS. S.T. Cameron Officer in Charge (May 1945)
  • During World War II LCT(5)-163 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Thirty-Seven, LCDR. H.E. Rice USNR;
    LCT Group One Hundred-Eleven, LT. E. J. Hamlet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Delivered, 9 January 1948, to the War Shipping Administration
  • Registered (sold) in 1948 to Queen Fisheries Inc. Seattle, WA. as F/V Polaris (ON 255030)
  • Registered (sold) in 1954 to Cooper River Co-Op, Inc. Seattle, WA. as a freighter, name retained
  • Registered (sold) in 1967 to Point Chehalis Packers, Kodiak, AK.
  • Abandoned in 1972
  • 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-163 114k LCT(5)-163 off Camp Pendleton, CA. being used to train Marines to unload halftracks from an LCT for the Iwo Jima operation, however, this method was not used during the invasion of the Iwo Jima. John Holman

    There is no history record for LCT(5)-163 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
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    Last Updated 20 April 2018