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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-259


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Biak - 27 May - 12 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 5 October 1942, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co. Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 4 November 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, 28 November 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-259 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Eight;
    LCT Group Twenty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Finschhafen occupation, 4 to 9, 18 to 27 November, 14 to 16, 21 to 22 December 1944, 1 to 4, 18 to 19 January 1944
    Saidor occupation, 1 March 1944
    Hollandia operations, 9 to 29 May 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arawe, New Britain, 25 to 26 December 1943, 11 to 12 January, 12 to 14 February 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 27 May to 12 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 16 to 21 July 1944

  • Placed out of service, (date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(5)-259 earned four battle star 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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    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Action Report, Biak Island, LCT Group 23, LCT Flotilla 8
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 31 January 2014