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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
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.
Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
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 unloading elements of the 715th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Orange Beach Okinawa, 14 July 1945.
National Archives photo
||LCT(6)-557 under way with German prisoners off St. Raphael, France in September 1944.
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
Last Updated 8 June 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|