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LSU-653 (1949 - 1952)
LCT-653 (1944 - 1949)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
Laid down, 16 January 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Launched, 1 February 1944
Delivered 4 February 1944
During World War II LCT-653 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign as a unit of Task Group 124.5:
Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy|
6 to 25 June 1944
Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-653 in 1949
Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-653, 15 April 1952
Placed out of service, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LCT-653 earned one battle star for World War II service
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.
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 Gray Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft
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||LCU-653 passes USS Peleliu (LHA-5) during amphibious exercises with units of Assault Craft Unit One ACU-1, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1982
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
There is no DANFS history available for LCT-653 a NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The World War II LCT Flotillas
Last Updated 11 February 2005
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|