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Struck a mine at Normandy, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-555


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 29 September 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 8 October 1943
  • Delivered, 31 October 1943
  • During World War II LCT-555 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LST Flotilla Nineteen and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944
  • LCT(6)-555 struck an underwater mine at Normandy, 6 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
  • LCT(6)-555 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped
    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-555 56k Exact scale model of LCT(6)-555 by Philippe Gonzales of France. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-555 95k Philippe Gonzales' scale model of LCT(6)-555 presented to President George W. Bush, 5 June 2004, at Elysée (the home of the President of France) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-555 89k LCT(6)-555 beached at Easy Red, Omaha Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Note the German prisoner at right in the photo. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-555/2425 1290k LCT(6)-555 and LCT(A)-2435 high and dry on Easy Red, Omaha Beach, Normandy, 9 June 1944. LCT-555 was beached after striking a mine, 6 June 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 196598
    John H. Kellers GM3/c , USS LCT-539 and Dave Kerr
    LCT-555/ 119k LCT(6)-555 stern first on the beach at Easy Red, Omaha Beach, Normandy, at low tide, 6 June 1944 or later. Ron Swanson, LCT Flotillas WW2, Newsletter editor-researcher
    LCT-555 116k Scene on "Omaha" Beach soon after the "D-Day" landings, showing stranded landing craft, piles of supplies, and dead Soldiers awaiting evacuation or burial. LCT(5)-199 is offshore in left center. British LCT(A)(5)-2421, LCT(6)-555 and LCT(6)-638 are on the beach in the center (listed from the middle distance to further away). An LCVP from Thurston (AP-77) is in the left foreground. The photograph was received by the Naval Photo Science Laboratory, 14 June 1944, but was probably taken on or about 6 June.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-252557, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center web site

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-555 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    6 June 1944 Action Report
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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