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Landing Craft Tank

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

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down 31 July 1943, at Pidegon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 17 September 1943
  • Delivered, 27 September 1943
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-583 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT(6)-562 came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Forty
    LCT Group One Hundred-Twenty
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • LCT(6)-583 earned one battle star 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.
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LST-229 16k LCT(6)-583 loaded on the main deck of USS LST-229 LCT's were frequently carried to assault areas on the decks of LST's. On arrival off the beachhead, the LST was ballasted down to one side. The LCT, over 120 feet long and with an empty displacement of more than 150 tons, slid sideways into the water for loading.
    US Navy photo # NR&L(M) 37926
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-583 145k LCT(6)-583 passes through the transport area off Utah Beach, 10 June 1944.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-252692 a US Army photo by Combat Photo Unit Eight (CPU-8) now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    LCT-583 60k A US Army mobile crane lifts supplies from LCT(6)-583 to a truck, on a Normandy beach, 15 June 1944. Note the other landing craft stranded by the low tide, among them LCT(6)-592, at the far left, and LCT(5)-443, in the right center distance.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-253000, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Ron Swanson
    LCT-583 78k A US Army mobile crane unloads supplies from LCT(6)-583 into a truck, at low tide on a Normandy beach, 15 June 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-253001, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Gerd Metthes

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT(6)-583 at
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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