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Lost by sinking off the Normandy Beachhead, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank
LCT-559


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 05 October 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 17 October 1943
  • Delivered, 05 November 1943
  • Placed in service (date unknown)
  • LCT-559 was loaded on USS LST-50 at New Orleans, LA. and off loaded at Plymouth England
  • During World War II LCT-559 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
  • Sunk on first run on D-day, likely near Omaha beach
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, lost from sinking 6 June 1944
  • LCT-559 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl)
    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, 4 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 20lbs wheelhouse, 10lbs gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Gray Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    There is no DANFS history for LCT-559 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
    LCT-559...A short and tragic career
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