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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 - Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 9 March 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 19 March 1944
  • Delivered, 13 April 1944
  • Placed in service in April 1944, ENS. Gerald Baxter, USNR, Officer-in-Charge
  • During World War II LCT(6)-1031 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Sixteen, LCDR C. P. Lewis USNR:
    LCT Group Forty-Eight, LT. Robert T. Capeless USNR at Iwo Jima and
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-Nine:
    LCT Group Eighty-Five in the Marianas Islands from July 1945

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-1031 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East at Iwo Jima from 8 September 1945 to 25 February 1946
  • Placed out of service in February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-1031 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sunk off Iwo Jima by gunfire in February 1946
    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-1031 23k LCT-1031 underway off Maui, T.H., circa July through October 1944. Fred Swenson
    LCT-1031 52k LCT-1031 original crew members in starboard 20mm gun tub. They are as follows:
    1. Joe Moats S1/c
    2. Ralph Nosbusch MM1/c
    3. Maurice Gaulin QM2/c
    4. Richard Niquette S1/c
    5. Frank Gilmore S1/c
    6. Glen Lunn EM1/c
    7. Robert Sinclair S1/c
    8. Art Schultz SC3/c
    9. Al Hall BM2/c
    10.Wally Titus S1/c (later SC 3/c)
    11.William Outlaw S1/c
    12.Garfield Handy S1/c
    13.Henry Cudnik GM3/c
    Fred Swenson
    LSM-92 96k Bulldozer, Jeep and other vehicles on an Iwo Jima beach, circa late February or early March 1945. USS LSM-92 unloading at right. In the center distance is LCT-1031. Note the LST in the right distance with large "H"s painted on its bow and amidships
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104201
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LCT-1031 65k LCT-1031 beached at Iwo Jima, circa February - March 1945. Fred Swenson
    LCT-1031 43k LCT-1031 crew members - Front row: Maurice Gaulin, Al Hall, Ralph Nosbusch. Back row; Art Schultz, Garfield Handy, Robert Sinclair, date and place unknown. Fred Swenson

    There is no DANFS history available for LCT-1031 at Navsource.
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Baxter, Gerald USNRApril 1944 - ?
    02LTjg. Von Day, Snyder USNRWWII
    03ENS. Swenson, Ferd USNRWWII
    04ENS. Darling, W. USNRMay 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    A history of LCT-1031 compiled by Gerald Baxter
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