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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-623


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (retroactive, 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, 4 November 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 17 November 1943
  • Delivered, 22 November1943
  • During World War II LCT-623 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCT Flotilla 19, LCDR Pruet 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, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, circa 1948, to Farrel Line and converted to a latex carrier at Bethlehem Steel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Delivered, circa late 1948
  • Reflagged Liberian, named MV St. Paul
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-623 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-623
    LCT-623 178k LCT-623 loading US Army troops from a transport to deliver them at the Normandy beachhead, June 1944.
    US Army photo.
    Philippe Gonzales
    LCT-623 84k LCT-623 with US Army troops heading for the Normandy beachhead, 6 June 1944.
    Photo courtesy Timeless Media Group, Denver Collins, Editor
    Robert Morrissey
    LCT-623 47k LCT-623 brings supplies to the beach at Normandy after D-Day. Just visible in the foreground is a partial image of LCT-539 unloading troops, June 1944. Photo by John H. Kellers, GM3/c USS LST-539
    Bulloch County 116k USS LST-509 and LCT-623 unloading on Omaha Beach during the Invasion of Normandy, June 1944. W.R. Santschi
    Merchant Service
    LCT-623 212k Ex-LCT-623 in merchant service as the Farrel Line West Africa coastal feeder service as latex carrier MV St Paul. MV St. Paul was homeported at Monrovia, Liberia and was designed to carry liquid latex from the Firestone Plantation at Harbel on the Farmington River to Monrovia for transfer to ocean going ships.
    "Marine News" February 1949.
    David Wright

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-623 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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