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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-560


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 7 October 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 23 October 1943
  • Delivered, 5 November 1943
  • During World War II LCT-560 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, circa 1945
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by explosion and fire at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, 2 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT-560 earned one battle star for World War II service
    LCT 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
    two 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-560 77k From right to left: the port side of USS LST-783 the remains of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785 on the beach at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, after the fire and explosion aboard LCT-560 on 2 January 1946. See below National Archive documents for explanation. Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 289k Finding of Facts pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785.
    US Navy document from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 316k Causality list pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785 This list also includes casualties from nearby LSTs USS LST-783 and USS LST-926
    US Navy letter from Commander NOB Okinawa to CINCPAC, dated 7 January 1946 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-560 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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