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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-253


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5)
  • Laid down, 23 September 1942, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 21 October 1942
  • Delivered, 11 November 1942
  • During World War II LCT-253 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and saw service in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands
  • LCT 253 was launched from LST 84 in November 1943 at Tarawa
  • Final Disposition, lost due to weather during a passage from the Gilbert Islands to Tarawa, 21 January 1945
  • LCT-253 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 286 short tons
    Length 114' 2" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 3'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 13
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 1 single 20mm AA gun mount, 2 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 675 per shaft

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