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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-544


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6JUN44) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) Class:
  • Laid down, 10 September 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 24 September 1943
  • Delivered, 19 October 1943
  • During World War II LCT(6)-544 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla Nineteen, LCDR Pruet and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCT(6)544 was assigned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Forty-Four
    LCT Group One Hundred Thirty
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-544 earned one battle star for world War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-544 52k LCT(6)-544 approaching Fox Green Beach at Normandy, 6 June 1944. LCT(6)-544 had to veer away from this landing zone due to heavy enemy gun fire. Note the unidentified MK5 LCT landing a tank. The tank is from the 741st Tank Bn. The unidentified LCT was most likely hit by enemy gun fire and sunk on the beach. Photo by William T. O"Neill taken from LCT(6)-544 Steve O'Neill in honor of his father William T. O'Neill LCT(6)-544
    LCT-544 55k LCT(6)-544 approaching Easy Green Beach at Normandy, 6 June 1944. LCT(6)-544 landed on this beach. Note the Army troops appear pinned down on the beach just above the waterline. Photo by William T. O"Neill taken from LCT(6)-544 Steve O'Neill in honor of his father William T. O'Neill LCT(6)-544
    LCT-544 68k LCT(6)-544 approaching Easy Green Beach at Normandy, 6 June 1944. Note the vehicles already on the beach and the Army troops on the ground just above the waterline. LCT(6)-544 carried a bulldozer with a load of matting, and a couple of jeeps with Ranger recon elements. Photo by William T. O"Neill taken from LCT(6)-544 Steve O'Neill in honor of his father William T. O'Neill LCT(6)-544
    LCT-544 38k LCT(6)-544 approaching Easy Green Beach at Normandy, 6 June 1944. Photo by William T. O"Neill taken from LCT(6)-544 Steve O'Neill in honor of his father William T. O'Neill LCT(6)-544
    LCT-544 66k LCT(6)-544 approaching Susan B. Anthony (AP-72) to take off survivors as the transport is sinking off Omaha Beach at Normandy, 7 June 1944. Also in the photo is USS Pinto (ATF-90) alongside the stricken transport to fight fires and rescue crew. Photo was taken from LCT(6)-544 Steve O'Neill in honor of his father William T. O'Neill LCT(6)-544

    There is no history for LCT(6)-544 available at Navsource
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