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LCU-539 Landing Craft Utility
LCT-539 Landing Craft Tank (1943 - 1956)

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) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Individual Awards

Silver Star (Linwood Rideout OinC LCT-539-Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944) - Purple Heart (ENS. Slager AsstOinC LCT-539-Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944)
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, LTjg Linwood Rideout, Officer in Charge
  • LCU-539 was initially assigned to the European Theater as part of Foxy 29, Flotilla 19, LCDR Pruet in command, and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944
  • LCT-539 was later transferred to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945
  • LCU-539 was known to have been active at San Diego in 1967 in the training of Underwater Demolition Team divers to retrieve the Apollo space capsule, she was part of the Naval Operations Support Group, attached to Boat Support Group 1, based at Coronado
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-539 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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-539 243k Scale model of LCT-539 by Benefit Coquet. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-539 78k LCT-539 moored with US Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One 83 foot cutters CGC-13 and CGC-25, probably at Poole, England, circa 1944. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-539 152k LCT-539 loading diagram for D-Day, 6 June 1944 John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 38k Easy Red Omaha (note the large "E" marker in the background). This was LCT-539's intended landing area on D-Day 6 June 1944 John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 117k Diagram showing trajectory of German artillery shells that struck LCT-539 on D-Day, off Easy Red, Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 36k 88mm shell hole in OIC quarters. This was one of the German shells that struck LCT-539 at Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944. John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 86k Two German soldiers (16 year old boys) taken prisoner at Normandy, 6 June 1944. They were being transported to Samuel Chase (APA-26) by LCT-539 to have their wounds treated. John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 80k LCT-539 Normandy crew. Back row; left to right, Howard Ledford, Kentucky, Thomas Menge, New Jersey, Chester Rutkowski, Pennsylvania, Merkele, Harry Kellers, Long Island, NY, Millard Sipes, Pennsylvania, Robert Paul, Iowa, unknown, Charles Lamphere, Rhode Island, Vito Sapienza, New Jersey. Front Row; left to right, Richard Rung, Buffalo, NY, Reginald White, Washington, DC, Joseph Panlone, New Jersey, Louis Patella, New Jersey, Hanson West, Kentucky, Ira Tiller, Florida, Harry Green, New York John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 146k LCT-539's Officer in Charge at Normandy, Linwood Rideout. John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 55k LCT-539 Pacific crew. Back row; left to right, Wren, Nelson, Denman, Daniel, Rutkowski. Front Row, Hill, Derryberry, Lamphere, Sapienza, Cox, West. Missing, Larry Bondi -Skipper, John H. Kellers, Jim Loar, Richard Rung John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 59k LCT-539 Pacific crew. Photo taken in the Philippines. Back row; left to right, Derryberry, Loar, Rutkowski, Rung, Daniel, West. Front Row, Hill, Cox, Wren, Nelson, Denman, L. Bondi (Skipper). Missing, Kellers, Lamphere, Sapienza John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LST-309/LCT-539 64k USS LST-309 with LCT-539 loaded on her main deck, at Pearl Harbor, 1945 John H. Kellers GM3/c LCT-539
    LCT-539 69k LCT-539 loaded on the main deck of USS LST-309 at Saipan, December 1945 John H. Kellers GM3/c USS LCT-539
    LCT-539 71k LCT-539 loaded on the main deck of USS LST-309 at Saipan, December 1945 John H. Kellers GM3/c USS LCT-539
    LCT-539 75k LCU-539 crew members raising UDT two-man mini-sub to the deck of LCU-539 at Naval Research Center, Point Loma , San Diego, CA., circa July 1967. Al Cataneo EN3 LCU-539
    LCT-539 38k LCU-539 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCT-539 371k LCU-539 landing Marines and their equipment on Iwo Jima during maneuvers , circa 1954-55.
    US Navy photo from "Our Navy" magazine, 15 September 1955 issue.
    Louis Murray BM3 LCU-1485

    View the LCT 539 Log for D-Day, 6 June 1944 and accompanying letter
    There is no DANFS history record available for LCT-539 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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