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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(5)-397


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
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • LCT(5)-397 earned four battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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 DANFS 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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    Last Updated 2 August 2013