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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(6)-785


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 14 February 1944, Mount Vernon Bridge Co., Mount Vernon , OH.
  • Launched, 4 March 1944
  • Delivered, 7 March 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-785 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT(6)-785 came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Forty
    LCT Group One Hundred Twenty-One
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-785 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 2 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by explosion and fire at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, 2 January 1946
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(6)-785 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-1041 1141k LCT(6)-785 and LCT(6)-1041 unload "DUWKs" on D-Day, 15 August 1944, during the Allied invasion of Southern France.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 192908 a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-355 155k Scene on a Gushikawa beach, shortly after a large ammunition explosion wrecked LCT-560 and damaged several other ships, on January 2, 1946. Ships landing on beach are (from left to right):
    USS LST-355,
    USS LST-783,
    LCT(5)LCT-141,
    LCT(6)LCT-560 (destroyed),
    LCT(6)LCT-891, and
    LCT(6)LCT-785. Offshore is
    USS LST-920, which had been beached between the other two LSTs at the time of the explosion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76149. Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Frank L. Howard (Ret.)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LCT-560 77k From right to left: the port side of USS LST-783 the remains of LCT(6)-1414, LCT(6)-560, LCT(6)-891 and LCT-785 on the beach at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, after the fire and explosion aboard LCT-560 on 2 January 1946. See below National Archive documents for explanation. Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 289k Finding of Facts pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT(6)-1414, LCT(6)-560, LCT(6)-891 and LCT-785.
    US Navy document from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 316k Causality list pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT(6)-1414, LCT(6)-560, LCT(6)-891 and LCT-785 This list also includes casualties from nearby LSTs USS LST-783 and USS LST-926
    US Navy letter from Commander NOB Okinawa to CINCPAC, dated 7 January 1946 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-785 available 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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