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Landing Craft Utility - LSU-778
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-778 (1943 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 22 November 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Levenworth, KS.
  • Launched, 7 January 1944
  • Delivered, 24 January 1944
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-778 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Seventeen, CDR. R. Craig Fabian
    LCT Group Fifty and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCT(6)-778 was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Forty-Four
    LCT Group One Hundred Thirty
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-778 in 1949
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-778 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    three propellers, 675shp

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    King County 126k USS LST-857 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, CA. in early 1946, with LCT(6)-778 loaded on the LST's main deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 79572, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    Mike Green
    LSU-778 10k LSU-778, Kodiak Naval Station, circa 1952-53. Paul Webb LSU-778
    LSU-778 8k LSU-778, Kodiak Naval Station, circa 1952-53. Paul Webb LSU-778
    LSU-778 10k LSU-778, Kodiak Naval Station, circa 1952-53. Paul Webb LSU-778
    LSU-778 12k Paul Webb on the bridge of LSU-778, Kodiak Naval Station, circa 1952-53. Paul Webb LSU-778

    There is no history for LCT(6)-778 / LSU-778 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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