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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-779


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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



LCT(6)-779 was transferred to Germany redesignated LCU-1
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 15 December 1943, at Mount Vernon Bridge Co., Mount Vernon, OH.
  • Launched, 25 January 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 27 January 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-779 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Seventeen, CDR R. Craig Fabian;
    LCT Group Fifty and participated in the to following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Assigned to assigned to the Rhine River Patrol circa 1945
  • Placed out of service in 1946
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown, and transferred to West Germany
  • Placed in service in the Bundemarine as LCU-1
  • Redesignated NATO pennant number L 7981
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned circa 1976, most likely scrapped locally
  • LCT(6)-779 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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    LCT(6)-779
    LCT-779 130k A US Army M-47 tank of B Company, 510 Tank Battalion being loaded into LCT(6)-779 assigned to the US Navy's River Rhine patrol during a field exercise. Photo from 19th Armor Group Year Book 1954. Robert Hurst
    LCT-779 122k A good view of the types of craft assigned to Unit M for the patrol and ferry mission along the unit's segment of the Rhine River. Tied up alongside the floating pier are '21 Class' patrol boat (PR's) , next are three 'I Class' patrol boats (ex-German torpedo retrievers), next can be seen LCU-799 and four ex-German landing craft. Photo courtesy Harland G. Voigt, Jr. Robert Hurst
    LCU-1 / L 7981
    LCT-779 78k Ex-LCT(6)-779 in German naval service as LCU-1 underway, circa 1963, location unknown.
    Official Bundemarine photo
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-779 401k L 7981 moored in her homeport at the Navy port of North Sea Island Borkum, Germany, June 1967. Photo by Gerhart Mueller-Debus

    There is no history record for LCT(6)-779 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
    Rhine River Patrol
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