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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 - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down 2 October 1943 at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched 13 October 1943
  • Delivered 31 October 1943
  • During and after World War II LCT(6)-557 was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Salerno landings
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 May to 30 June 1945
    Invasion of southern France, 15 to 25 September 1944  

  • When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT(6)-557 came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Thirty-Eight, LCDR. M. R. Doherty USNR;
    LCT Group One Hundred-Thirteen, LT. R. Berkemeyer USNR
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-557 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 2 September 1946
  • Placed out of service at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-557 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    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(6)-557 125k LCT(6)-557 unloading elements of the 715th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Orange Beach Okinawa, 14 July 1945.
    National Archives photo
    Ron Swanson
    LCT(6)-557 161k LCT(6)-557 under way with German prisoners off St. Raphael, France in September 1944. Dave Kerr

    There is no history for LCT(6)-557 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas

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