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Lost due to torpedo attack at Naples, 2 December 1943

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, 2 December 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Personal Awards

Purple Heart (16 KIA, 1 WIA, 2 December 1943)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 31 August 1942, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co. Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 21 September 1942
  • Delivered, 2 October 1942
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(5)-242 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla 10 and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation 10 July 1943 (Flotilla 10) Salerno landings 9 September 1943 (Flotilla 10)
  • Lost, struck by a torpedo off Naples, Italy, 2 December 1943. Stern blown off by object suspected to be a spent circling torpedo-had been dropped earlier in three raids on Naples
  • LCT(5)-242 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 December 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.
    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-1 282k LCTs on the beach at Salerno, 9 September 1943. From left to right; LCT(5)-26, LCT(5)-35, LCT(5)-242, unknown, LCT(5)-34 and unknown. Photos from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946, Daniel Wilmes

    There is no history available for LCT(5)-242 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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