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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-602


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, 21 October 1943, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 23 November 1943
  • Delivered and placed in service, 29 November 1943
  • During World War II LCT(6)-602 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla Twelve, LCDR William Leide and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Placed out of service in August 1946 at Green Cover Springs, St John River, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs.
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(6)-602 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
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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-602 36k LCT(6)-602 beached at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 117k LCT(6)-602 at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945, looking bow to stern. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 69k Six of the twelve original crew of LCT(6)-602 at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 81k Crew of LCT(6)-602 after seven other men had been transferred or discharged after World War II ended, at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 85k LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-541 moored at NAB Little Creek, VA., 1945. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 54k LCT(6)-602 under way while approaching a bridge on the Intercoastal Water, 1945 CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(60-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 77k LCT(6)-602 under way on the St John River, FL, 1946. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 87k LCT(6)-602 at Gibbs Shipyard, Jacksonville, FL. 1946 while being converted to a "reefer ship" LCT(6)-602 had self-contained walk-in freezers spotted on our deck and welded down. Four were located on the tank deck and two spotted between the superstructures. LCT(6)-602 then serviced the mother ship of each of the nested ships anchored in the middle of the river. There were many LSTs, LCIs, LSMRs, and DEs in the mothball 16th fleet. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 60k LCT(6)-602 with self-contained walk-in freezers spotted on our deck and welded down, 1946. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 115k LCT(6)-602, LCT-522 and LCT-603 nested at Green Cove Springs, St. John River Reserve Fleet, FL., 1946. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)
    LCT-602 75k LCT(6)-602, and LCT-545 nested at Green Cove Springs, St. John River Reserve Fleet, FL., 1946. CDR. Michael G. Kapnas, USNR Ret. (OIC LCT(6)-602 and LCT(6)-538, 1945-46)

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT(6)-602 available at NavSource
    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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