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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:
|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.
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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||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
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
Last Updated 9 February 2018
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