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Lost to enemy action, 7 June 1944
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, 6 and 7 June 1944, Invasion of Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
Laid down, 19 September 1942, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 24 September 1942
Delivered, 2 October 1942
Placed in service, LTJG John Frederick Bierkamp, Jr. Officer in charge
During World War II LCT(5)-458 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla Four, LCDR Louis E. Hubbard, and participated in the following campaign:
Sunk by and enemy mine off Utah Beach, Normandy, 7 June 1944
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 and 7 June 1944
LCT(5)-458 transported B Battery of 29th Field Artillery Battalion, CO CAPT Vernon P. Burns, scheduled to land on Tare Green at H+145 (June 6, 1944). However, on the way in she struck a mine. Of the 59 artillerists aboard, 37 were killed and 22 were wounded. The bodies of 27 men were never recovered. Battery B was reconstituted with about thirty reserves who were left in the UK plus replacements, and joined the battalion after the surrender of Cherbourg on June 27. Many sources say there were 39 people killed, but Irving Smolens (still alive), who served with 29th FA, said that the Army records are wrong in this respect.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
LCT-458 earned one battle star for World War II service
"1000 The next LCT's were scheduled for the 13th wave, Flotilla 4. LCT(5)-362 (one of five LCT's) was lost en route
to the Uncle Red Beach. The 14th wave on Tare Green Beach, also Flotilla 4, lost LCT-458. At the Uncle Red Sector, three of the
LCT's were sunk during the landing, LCT Mark(5)'s LCT-486, LCT-443, and
LCT-489. (On the 14th wave, four of the eleven LCT's were lost)."
(Source: LCT Stories - Joe Suozzo's report
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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