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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:
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.
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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||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.
||YDT-9 moored pierside at Bahia Mar yacht basin Ft Lauderdale, FL., 29 July 1967.
||Diagram of YDT- wreck, from NAVSEA publication SALVOPS74.
There is no history record for LCT(6)-854 at NavSource
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Last Updated 7 January 2022
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