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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-631


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima) - 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, 24 November 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 19 December 1943
  • Delivered, 7 April 1944
  • Placed in service, ENS. Richard Fletcher, Officer-in-Charge
  • During World War II LCT-631 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Sixteen, LCDR Lewis;
    Group Forty-Eight, LT. Robert T. Capeless, at Iwo Jima and
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-Nine;
    LCT Group Eighty-Five in the Marianas Islands from July 1945 and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
  • LCT(6)-631 also served at Ulithi and Saipan in August 1944
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-631 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 September 1945 to 25 February 1946
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk off Iwo Jima by US Navy patrol aircraft by bombing, 14 April 1946
  • LCT(6)-631 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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    LSM-239 65k LCT-631 and USS LSM-239 along with LCT-1318 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 2 to 16 March 1945 while unloading equipment and supplies. The beached is littered with abandoned boats and equipment. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-202 26k LCT-631, near distance, and USS LSM-202, far distance, beached at Iwo Jima, 21 February 1945. Michael Hollis for his father LTjg. Jack D.Hollis, USS LCS(L)(3)-31 and LCS(L) Group Seven staff.
    LSM-48 85k LCT-631 and USS LSM-48 beached at Iwo Jima, February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-285 43k USS LSM-285 moored with other LSMs, LCTs including LCT(6)-614, LCT(6)-631 and LCT(6)-1233 and USS LST-1075, date and location unknown. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT-631 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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