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Lost to enemy mine, circa 6- 8 June 1944 at Normandy

Landing Craft Tank
LCT-572


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 in October 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched in November 1943
  • Delivered and placed in service in November 1943
  • During World War II LCT-572 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla 12, LCDR William Leide in command, and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 8 June 1944
  • Lost, struck a mine off the Normandy beachhead circa 6-8 June 1944
  • Struck From the Naval Register, 19 May 1945
  • LCT-572 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 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LCT-572 1813k LCT-572 (closed to camera in the center of the photo) broached on the beach during the Invasion of Normandy, 8 June 1944. This appears to be her resting place after striking a mine in the beachhead area.
    US Army Signal Corps, photo # SC 193082 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    There is no history record for LCT-572 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    Last Updated 22 January 2010