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Landing Craft Tank - 520
Landing Ship Utility - 520


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) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third 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
  • During World War II LCT-520 was assigned to the European Theater, LCT Flotilla 4, LCDR Louis E. Hubbard, in command, and participated in the:
    Invasion of Normandy
    6 to 24 June 1944
  • 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:
    Communist China Aggression
    4 to 25 December 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    1 to 28 February 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-520 earned one battle star for World War II service and as LSU-520 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 5'; (max)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 2 single 20mm AA gun mounts, 4 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 20lbs wheelhouse, 10lbs gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LCT-520
    LCT-520 173k LCT-220 beached at Normandy while unloading vehicles, 11 June 1944. Gerd Matthes
    LSU-520
    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 Historical Center

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT-520 / LSU-520 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 1 May 2009