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Struck a mine at Normandy, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank

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 (date unknown) at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Delivered (date unknown)
  • During World War II LCT-555 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe=Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944
    LCT-555 struck a mine at Normandy, 7 June 1944
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
  • Final Disposition, scrapped
  • LCT-555 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (o.a.)
    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, four .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-555 56k Exact scale model of LCT-555 by Philippe Gonzales of France. Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-555 95k Philippe Gonzales' scale model of LCT-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-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-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-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-199 is offshore in left center. British LCT(A)(5)-2421, LCT-555 and LCT-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 history for LCT-555 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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