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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-697


LCT(6)-697 was built by Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Company of Memphis, Tennessee. Her keel was laid 8 April 1944; launched 3 May 1944; and after a trip down the Mississippi to New Orleans, she was placed in service 12 May 1944.

Following training for her crew, LCT(6)-697 was assigned to Group 79, Flotilla 27, and placed on board ship [LST-574]. Following the transit of the Panama Canal, she headed for the southwest Pacific, where she was unloaded and made ready for duty.

The LCT began shuttling troops and cargo throughout the area. Although she didn't earn any battle stars, she and her sister ships were instrumental in bringing the war to a close by supporting the U.S. forces throughout the area. She usually carried cargo and equipment from the larger merchant ships.

LCT(6)-697 remained in service in the Pacific until early 1946. At that time, she was removed from service and sold for commercial use.

Copy of letter substantiating the campaign/service medals awarded
LCT(6)-697


U.S.S. LCT (6) Group 79
Flotilla 27 c/o FPO
San Francisco, California.

                                      6 November 1945.

From:        The Commander.
To:            PAUL F. SPRINGER, Ens, D, 357966, USNR.

Subj:         Service Ribbons - authorization of.

        1.    This is to certify that the above named officer is eligible to wear the following ribbons and battle stars.

            (a) American Theatre of War.
            (b) Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with one bronze star.
            (c) Philippine Liberation ribbon with on bronze star.
            (d) Victory Ribbon.
            (e) The Navy Unit Citation ribbon has been recommended and forwarded by Seventh Fleet.
Following item (e) is this handwritten note - This citation will have a star (followed by the initials-CLH)

        2.  These ribbons and stars were merited while serving with U.S.S. LCT (6) Group 79.

                                                                                            s/s C.L. Horjes.


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