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Diving Tender- YDT-9
Landing Craft Ship - LSU-854 (1949 - 1955)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-854 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 24 November 1943, Darby Products, Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 13 January 1944
  • Delivered, 27 January 1944
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-854 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
  • Placed out of service, circa July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • LCT(6)-854 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Reclassifed Diving Tender YDT-9 in 1955
  • Assigned to NOLTF (Naval Ordnance Lab Test Facility) Ft. Lauderdale, FL. in the spirng of 1959 (to at least 1970)
  • Placed out of service in 197X at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1973
  • Final Disposition, accidentally sunk in Chesapeake Bay, raised and scrapped. Ex-YDT-9 was under tow of USS Hoist (ARS-40) for use as bombing target off Tangier Island when she broke in half and foundered in York Spit Channel, abour 23 miles north of Little Creek, VA. Bow section raised 1 June 74 by Harbor Clearence Unit Two and YSD-53, towed to bombing range the next day for disposal as a target. Stern section raised by USS Edenton (ATS-1) and deposited on the range by the bow section 17 June 1974.
    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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    LST-325 51k LCT(6)-854 cradled on the main deck of USS LST-325 while at anchor in the St Johns River off Green Cove Springs, FL., shortly before decommissioning and lay up in reserve at Green Cove Springs, circa July 1946. Note USS LST-325 is rigged with a Brodie System for light aircraft launching and recovery. Gerd Matthes
    327k YDT-9 moored pierside at Bahia Mar yacht basin Ft Lauderdale, FL., 29 July 1967. James Barton
    176k Diagram of YDT- wreck, from NAVSEA publication SALVOPS74. David Wright

    There is no history record for LCT(6)-854 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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