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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-311


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe- Africa - Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, circa August 1942, at Omaha Steel Works, Omaha, NE.
  • Launched, circa September 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, circa November 1942, LTjg Horace C. Lane USNR, officer in charge
  • During World War II LCT-311 was assigned to the European Theater, LCT Flotilla 11 and participated in the:
    Sicilian occupation, 10 July 1943

  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • LCT-311 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, lost while in transit from Gela, Sicily to Tunisia, circa 9 August 1943
    LST 311 damaged her bow ramp during beach landing operations at Gela, Sicily. The beach landings were opposed by
    German forces including panzer units which were suppressed by overhead naval gunfire during the landings. following
    the landings, LCT 311 was ordered back to Tunisia for repairs and for further operations in Southern France. During
    transit, on 9 August, a single round of large bore naval gunfire went through LCT 311 front to back and she foundered
    off Bizerte, Tunisia. After several hours, subchaser SC-979 appeared nearby attempting to contact LCT-311 to no
    avail. The order was given to fire a shot across the bow of LCT-311 and shots were exchanged as a result. SC-979
    eventually pulled alongside LCT-311 and the crew transferred. LCT-311 sank shortly thereafter and the crew went on
    to Tunisia where they were assigned to LCT(5) Flotilla 11 and participated in beach landings thereafter in Southern France.
    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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    LCT-311 55k LCT-311 beached at Gela, Sicily, July 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 57k LCT-311, off Licata after retracting from the invasion beach at Gela, Sicily, July 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 67k LCT-311, beached at Gela, Sicily with a full load of supplies after the beachhead had been secured, circa July 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 55k LCT-311 sinking off Bizerte, Tunisia, circa 9 August 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 48k LCT-311 sinking off Bizerte, Tunisia, circa 9 August 1942. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 59k SC-979 towing LCT-311 off Bizerte, Tunisia, after being hit by Naval gunfire, circa 9 August 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 54k LCT-311 under tow from SC-979 off Bizerte, Tunisia, after being hit by Naval gunfire, circa 9 August 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 69k LCT-311 under tow from SC-979 off Bizerte, Tunisia, after being hit by Naval gunfire, circa 9 August 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 44k Final on board view of LCT-311 sinking off Bizerte, Tunisia, circa 9 August 1943. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 44k LCT-311 sinking off Bizerte, Tunisia, circa 9 August 1943. Photo taken from SC-979 after LCT-311 had been abandoned. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.
    LCT-311 48k Last photo of LCT-311 sinking off Bizerte, Tunisia, circa 9 August 1943. Photo taken from SC-979 after LCT-311 had been abandoned. Photo by Forrest B. Selman, LCT-311.

    There is no DANFS history of LCT-311 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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