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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-288


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 11 August 1942, at Darby Products of Steel Plate Corp., Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 24 September 1942
  • Delivered, 14 September 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-288 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    West Coast if Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 29 January to 1 March 1944
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • LCT(5)-288 earned two 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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    LST-77 81k LSTs and LCTs loading German POWS in Southern France, date unknown. From left to right:
    Unidentified LST
    USS LST-501,
    USS LST-77,
    LCT(6)-610 and
    LCT(5)-288
    Robert Rutter, photo by his grandfather CAPT. Anthony Kohout Jr. ex CO USS LST-77
    LCT-288 69k LCT(5)-288 underway in the harbor at Marseilles, France serving as a liberty boat for other small ships, circa late 1944. Russ Padden
    LCT-288 46k LCT(5)-288 beached at Marseilles, France, circa late 1944. Russ Padden

    There is no DANFS history for LCT(5)-288 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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    Last Updated 31 January 2014