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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-256


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 30 September 1942, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 28 October 1942
  • Delivered, 21 November 1942
  • Placed in service, date unknown, ENS. J. C. Kistenmacher, USNR, Officer in Charge
  • During World War II LCT(5)-256 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Three, LT. J. W. Ingham, USNR;
    LCT Group Eight, LT. J. W. Beane, USNR; and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Assault and occupation of Tarawa, 21 November to 8 December 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Noemfoor Island operation, 16 to 21 July 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arwe, New Britain, 12 to 14 and 17 to 19 February 1944
     

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(5)-256 earned three 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-256 314k LCT(5)-256 making fast to starboard side aft of USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82), 20 July 1944, location unknown.
    National Archives photo
    Ron Swanson and David Wright
    LCT-256 79k LCT(5)-256 with a gasoline lighter alongside USS Intrepid (CV-11), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT(5)-256 available 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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