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Landing Craft Tank
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:
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
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
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.
Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
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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||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.
||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.
LCU-1 / L 7981
||Ex-LCT(6)-779 in German naval service as LCU-1 underway, circa 1963, location unknown.
Official Bundemarine photo
||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
Last Updated 1 October 2015
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