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Lost to enemy action, 7 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank
LCT-458


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 in charge
  • During World War II LCT-458 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla 4, LCDR Louis E. Hubbard in command, and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 and 7 June 1944
  • Sunk by and enemy mine off Utah Beach, Normandy, 7 June 1944
    LCT-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.
    "1000 The next LCT's were scheduled for the 13th wave, Flotilla 4. LCT 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 486, 443, and 489. (On the 14th wave, four of the eleven LCT's were lost)."
    (Source: LCT Stories - Joe Suozzo's report
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT-458 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 286 short tons
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 3'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 13
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 1 single 20mm AA gun mount, 2 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 675 per shaft

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