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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 (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, 9 December 1942, at Mount Vernon Bridge Co. Mount Vernon, OH.
  • Launched, 22 December 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service, 30 December 1942
  • During World War II LCT(5)-397 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, 21 to 22 December 1943, 9 to 13 January, 9,10,17 February 1944
    Hollandia operations, 1 to 25 May 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arawe, New Britain, 30 to 31 December 1943, 12 to 14 February 1944
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 20 to 22 February, 5 to 10 March 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 27 May to 12 June 1944

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • LCT(5)-397 earned four battle star for World War II service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
    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. Ship's service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-39747k Skipper J.H. Agles and the crew of LCT(5)-397, possibly at Arawe in 1943. LCT(5)-397 was credited with sinking one barge at Talasea on 7 March 1944, one Zero at 0825 at Biak on 25 May 1944, one Zero at 0815 at Biak on 30 May 1944, Two Zeros 1830 at Biak on 2 June 1944, she also captured one downed Jap pilot. All supporting information is contained in attached Anti-Aircraft Action by Surface Ships Reports. John De Noma
    LCT-397 47k
    LCT-397 47k

    There is no history record for LCT(5)-397 available at NavSource
    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
    Action Report, Assault on Talasea, New Britain, LCT Group 23, LCT Flotilla 8
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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