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Grounded off Normandy, 10 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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Launched, 12 October 1942
Delivered, 21 October 1942
Placed in service, date unknown
During World War II LCT(5)-209 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotillas Eighteen, LCDR. A. Hayes, and
participated in the following campaigns:
Grounded off Normandy, 10 June 1944, Tore bottom open on obstacle, engine room flooded. Drifted ashore, 19 June at Fox Red Beach. Salved by
USS Bannock (ATF-81), 18 July and beached at at Easy White Beach.
Pulled off Easy White by USS Diver (ARS-3), 18 July and towed away by LCIs. 11th PhibFor endorsement to action report, dated 26 June states she was repaired and
operational. Towed to Dartmouth, England by USS LST-382, arrived, 7 September 1944, Probably declared Damaged Beyond Repair and scrapped.
Struck from the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
LCT(5)-209 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, probably scrapped
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Date
||Campaign and Date
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
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.
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(5)-209 and LCT(5)-219 are in the right background as
mates with a causeway at the Paestum Beaches, during the Salerno Invasion, 2 to 21 September 1843.
US US National Archives photo # 26-G-2003 a US Coast Guard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||A waterproofed M31 tank recovery vehicle being loaded on to LCT(5)-209 during training along the English coast. Note the
simulated turret without cupola and the dummy 75-mm and 37-mm guns.
Photo Department of Defense - U.S. Army Files. Image from p.65 of "The U.S. Army's Official Pictorial Record: The War Against Germany". Pub. in the US by Brassey's,
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles,Va. 20166.
There is no history available for LCT-209 at Navsource
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Last Updated 27 April 2018
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