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LCU-971 Landing Craft Utility
LSU-971 Landing Ship Utility (1949 - 1956)
LCT-971 Landing Craft Tank (1944 - 1949)

LCU-971 was transferred to Greece and named HNS Kimolos (L-147)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 26 November 1943, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 30 January 1944
  • Delivered, 1 February 1944
  • During World War II LCT-971 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT Flotilla 36 Group 114 and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, August 1944
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Laid up in reserve
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Utility LSU-971 in 1949
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Utility LCU-971, 15 April 1956
  • Transferred to Greece, circa 1959-1962 and named HNS Kimolos (L-147)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-971 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 5' (max)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 2 single 20mm AA gun mounts, 4 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 20lbs wheelhouse, 10lbs gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LST-731 564k LCT-971 being returned from the Far Ease aboard LST-731 entering a harbor probably in 1946. This is possibly San Francisco Bay . Stephen Eakle, CMSgt USAF for his father Eugene E. Eakle USS LST-731
    LCT-763 121k LCU-971 and LCU-763 moored pierside, US Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA., date unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Pima County 156k LCT-971 being transported by USS LST-1081 date and location unknown. Ed Zajkowski

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT-971
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association
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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 20 February 2009