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Landing Ship Utility

Landing Craft Tank (MK6)
(1943 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944, Normandy)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 17 July 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 15 August 1943
  • Delivered, 6 October 1943
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-520 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater, LCT Flotilla Four, LCDR Louis E. Hubbard and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT(6)-520 came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-Nine, LCDR E.D. Gasson USNR;
    LCT Group Eighty-Five, LT. G.S. Rehfield, USNR;
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-520 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 25 March to 1 May 1946
  • Placed out of Service, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility, LSU-520 in 1949
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During the Korean War LSU-520 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    4 to 25 December 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    1 to 28 February 1951

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-520 earned one battle star for World War II service and as LSU-520 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C.
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-520 173k LCT(6)-520 beached at Normandy while unloading vehicles, 11 June 1944. Gerd Matthes
    LCT-520/638/742/783 84k Amphibious shipping beached on the Hungnam waterfront during the evacuation, December 1950. Ships present are (from left to right): LSU-520; LSU-638; LSU-742; two unidentified LSUs; LSU-783; and two Japanese-manned LSTs. Note trucks and jeeps in the foreground.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-425954, a US Navy photo now in the collects of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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