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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-181


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 29 September 1942, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy, IL.
  • Delivered in three section, 15 October 1942, for trans-shipping to Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. for assembly
  • Launched and placed in service at Mare Island Navy Yard, 4 November 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-181 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Five, LCDR. Paul A Wells;
    LCT Group Fifteen;
    LCT Division Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 10 August 1942 to 8 February 1943 New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 20 June to 5 October 1943
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(5)-181 earned two 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-181 102k LCT(5)-181 comes alongside USS Fletcher (DD-445) with survivors from USS DeHaven (DD-469) aboard. DeHaven had been sunk by Japanese air attack on 1 February 1943, the day this photo was taken.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-284581 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Caption - Mike Green.
    LCT-181 132k LCT(5)-181 beached at Munda, New Georgia, Island, after conversion to a repair barge, 5 October 1943.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Rich Fox, World War II LCT Flotillas web site

    There is no DANFS history for LCT(5)-181 at the US Naval Historical Center web site.
    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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