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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, 10 July 1943, New Georgia Group operation)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Omaha Steel Works, Omaha, NE.
  • Delivered in three section, 10 October 1942, for trans-shipping to Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. for assembly
  • Launched and placed in service at Mare Island Navy Yard, 20 October 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-322 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Five, LCDR P. A. Wells;
    LCT Group Fourteen;
    LCT Division Twenty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 10 October 1942 to 8 February 1943 New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 20 June to 8 October 1943
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomon Islands, 7 April 1943
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 1 November to 15 December 1943
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • LCT(5)-322 earned four battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    MINSY 6108-42, Navy Photo, 10/3/1942
    758k In this series of photos the first photo shows all the hull sections of LCT(5)-156 are in place on the building ways and section B-2 of LCT(5)-157 is being lowered into place early in the morning of 3 October 1942 at Mare Island Navy Yard. In the second photo all the hull sections of LCT(5)-156 and LCT(5)-157 are in place on the ways later in the day. Two days later, 5 October 1942, the deck house is on LCT(5)-156, the ramp is on LCT(5)-157 and all hull sections are in place for LCT(5)-158. The next day, 6 October 1942, all the hull sections for LCT(5)-319 are in place and work continues on LCT(5)-156, LCT(5)-157 and LCT(5)-158. Four days later, 10 October 1942, (front to back and left to right) LCT(5)-321, LCT(5)-322, LCT(5)-159, LCT(5)-320, LCT(5)-158, LCT(5)-319, LCT(5)-156 and LCT(5)-157 with YD-33 at the end of the ways. One day later, 11 October 1942, (front to back and left to right) LCT(5)-160, LCT(5)-321, LCT(5)-322, LCT(5)-159, LCT(5)-320, LCT(5)-158 and LCT(5)-319 with YD-33 at the end of the ways. Darryl Baker
    MINSY 6122-42, Navy Photo, 10/3/1942
    MINSY 6132-42, Navy Photo, 10/5/42, Navy Photo, 10/3/1942
    MINSY 6172-42, Navy Photo, 10/6/42
    MINSY 6251-42, Navy Photo, 10/8/42
    MINSY 6320-42A, Navy Photo, 10/11/42
    LCT-322 310k LCT(5)-322 beached at Bougainville with a crane in her well deck. She is preparing to load or has just unloaded a small patrol boat
    Photo from John Joseph Ratomski - S1c, 6th Special N.C.B. SeaBee Battalion archives.
    John Ratomski
    LCT-146 38k Letter of Commendation from Commanding Officer Flotilla #5 & 6, (LCT 5) to Commanding Officers and Crews LCT(5)-146 and LCT(5)-322 for action against the enemy on 10 July 1943, at Munda Island, New Georgia Group. Ralph Ambrosio for his father Louis Ambrosio BM2/c LCT(5)-146

    There is no history for LCT(5)-322 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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