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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-218


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944 Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 15 October 1942, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 24 October 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, 9 November 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-218 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    European Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings, 24 February to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25June 1944

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(5)-218 earned four 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 218 90k LCT(5)-218 underway at Normandy, 6 June 1944. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
    LCT 218 105k LCT(5)-218 crew photo, date and location unknown. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
    LCT 218 207k Scale model of LCT(5)-218 by Brian Rae. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
    LCT 218 75k

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT(5)-218 available 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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    Last Updated 24 January 2014