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Lost to enemy action, 6 June 1944

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 for 6 June 1944, Normandy Landings)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (8 WIA including Dominic Fiore, EM3/c and 1 KIA, 6 June 1944)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 5 December 1943, Darby Products and Steel Corp., Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 21 January 1944
  • Delivered 31 January 1944, ENS Joseph Alexander USNR in charge
  • During World War II LCT(6)-856 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-six LCDR William Leideand; and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Date
    Invasion of Normandy, Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(6)-856 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    LCT-1 106k LCT(6)-856 abandoned on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944. Chris Miller for his father George Robert Miller SM2/c LCT(5)-293

    There is no DANFS history for LCT(6)-856 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The World War II LCT Flotillas
    Kansas City Launches LCTs for War
    My Longest Day by ENS. Joseph Alexander
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