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LCT-538
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 June 1944), Navy Unit Commendation (6 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



LCT-538 was transferred to Peru and redesignated BT-2

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) Class:
  • Laid down, 1 September 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 16 September 1943
  • Delivered, 11 October 1943
    Known Officers-in-Charge:
    ENS. Hamilton Adams
    LTjg. Michael Kapnas
  • LCT-538 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater;
    LCT Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR Pruet and participated in following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Transported back to the United States, date unknown
  • Refurbished at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, circa fall 1945
  • Assigned as flagship LCT Type Commander, 16th Fleet, Green Cove Springs Naval Station, on the St. John's River near Jacksonville, FL. in 1946
  • Placed out of service at Green Cove Springs, date unknown
  • LCT-538 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Peru, date unknown, redesignated BT-2
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    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-538 81k LCT-538 beaching at Slapton Sands, England. 14 February 1944.
    US National Archives film still frame
    Bill Brinkley
    LCT-538 68k LCT-538 beached, date and location unknown. Albert J. Berard SM3/c via Jim LeVan III for his father Jim LeVan, XO LCT 538
    LCT-538 193k LCT-538 beached, date and location unknown. Albert J. Berard SM3/c via Jim LeVan III for his father Jim LeVan, XO LCT 538
    LCT-538 9k LCT-538 landing troops and equipment on the beach at Normandy, 7 June 1944.
    Photos from World War II LCT Flotillas and LedbarquementdeNormandie1 web sites
    Tommy Trampp
    LCT-538 274k
    LCT-538 79k LCT-538 beached at Normandy, June 1944. Albert J. Berard SM3/c via Jim LeVan III for his father Jim LeVan, XO LCT 538
    LCT-538 79k LCT-538 beached at Normandy, June 1944. Albert J. Berard SM3/c via Jim LeVan III for his father Jim LeVan, XO LCT 538
    LCT-538 74k LCT-538 coming alongside a liberty ship in the transport area off the Normandy beachhead, June 1944. Albert J. Berard SM3/c LCT 538
    LCT-538 81k LCT-538 tied up alongside a liberty ship in the transport area off the Normandy beachhead ready to load supplies to take into the beach, June 1944 Albert J. Berard SM3/c LCT 538

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-538 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    The Albert J. Berard LCT 538 Crew Photo Collection
    D-Day, 6 June 1944 Recollections of Albert J. Berard SM3/c LCT 538
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