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Lost to enemy action in June 1944

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 6 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 11 September 1942, at Darby Products of Steel Plate Corp. Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, 11 November 1942
  • During World War II LCT-305 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotillas 18, Group 53, LCDR. A. Hayes, in command and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy - Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944
    Transported 2nd Platoon, D Battery 197th AAA AW (SP) Battalion, Platoon Commander LT. Meday
  • Final Disposition, destroyed during the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 March 1945
  • LCT-305 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    LCI(L)-320 252k LCT-305 and USS LCI(L)-320 training for the Normandy invasion at Slapton Sands, near Dartmouth, England, date unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo.
    Mike Green
    LCT-205 141k LCT-305 on the beach at Normandy with her back broken, date unknown. Eugene Coughenour SM/1c USNR V6, USS LST-7

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT-305 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas

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