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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:

    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  
  • 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
    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. Ship's service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LST-380 1184k LCT(5)-209 and LCT(5)-219 are in the right background as USS LST-382 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
    Dave Kerr
    LCT-109 384k 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.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no history available for LCT-209 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    World War II LCT Flotillas

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