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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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) Class:
  • Laid down, 6 September 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 19 September 1943 Delivered, 14 October 1943
  • During World War II LCT-541 was assigned to the European Theater, LCT Flotilla 19, LCDR Pruet in command, and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
  • LCT-541 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-551 39k View looking west on "Omaha" Beach during resupply operations, 1 July 1944. Note the wrecked U.S. LCI(L) by the shoreline in the center, with a broached British LCT further to the right. LCT-551 and LCT-541 (partially visible) are beached at right.
    US National Archives photo # SC 206826 a US Army Signal Corps photograph now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center web site
    LCT-541 39k LCT-541 beached at Normandy, date unknown.
    US National Archives photo from film
    Bill Brinkley
    LCT-541 48k LCT-541 underway off the Normandy beachhead, June 1944. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-602 85k Crew of LCT-541 and LCT-602 moored at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret (OIC LCT-602)

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-541 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated, 16 January 2009