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Lost to enemy action, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank
LCT-703


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 in April 1944, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched in May 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service May 1944 ENS. Oscar R. Elsaesser, USNR officer-in-charge
  • During World War II LCT-703 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla 17 Group 50 CDR. R. Craig Fabian in command, participated in the following campaign:
  • During World War II LCT-581 was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, LCT Flotilla 17 Group 50 and participated in the following campaign:

    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy
    6 June 1944

  • Sunk after striking a mine off the Normandy Beachhead, D-Day, 6 June 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck From the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
  • Final Disposition, lost from sinking, 6 June 1944
  • LCT-703 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 5'; (max)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    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 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LCT-703 91k LCT-703 was mined, strafed, and hit by Germany 88's off the beaches at Normandy on D-Day. She was abandoned by her crew. Crew member Lewis A. While, seen here in this photo, was standing right where the hole is located.
    a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ron Swanson, LCT Flotillas WW2, Newsletter editor-researcher
    LCT-703 94k LCT-703 Crew members looking at one of the many holes in the craft. Kneeling (L-R) Francis A. Droullard, GM2c, Willie S. Jones S1c, Charles Barone MoMM1c, Roy Raynich SM3c, and Harold Shook BM1c. Second Row (L-R) Norman M. Burrell S1c, John E. Shultz S1c, Scholas R. Madden F1c, Tyrus R. Newby S1c, Edward E. Decker S1c, James Black S1c, and Joseph Grossman SC2c. Bach Row (L-R) Aiden E. Andry QM3c, Lewis A White MoMM3c, and Frank Lynn CM2c.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ron Swanson, LCT Flotillas WW2, Newsletter editor-researcher

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT-703 available 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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