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Launch - YFB-82
Landing Ship Utility - LCU-1040 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Craft Tank - LSU-1040 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT-1040 (1943 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

YFB-82 was leased to Paraguay and redesignated BT-2
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 22 March 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 2 April 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 13 April 1944
  • During World War II LCT-1040 was assigned to LCT Flotilla 20 in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 10 September 1944
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1040 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-1040, 15 April 1956
  • Reclassified Launch YFB-82 in 1958, assigned to duty as a ferry at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Transferred, leased, to Paraguay, in June 1970, designated Paraguayan Navy BT-2
    Departed Guantanamo Bay, 2 July 1970, arrived Buenos Aires, 29 July 1970, aboard ARA Candido de Lasalle (ex-USS Gunson Hall (LSD-5), steaming from Buenos Aires to Asuncion under her own power
    Sold to Paraguay, 11 February 1977 for $18.000
    Sold in 1997 to a commercial firm in Paraguay, rebuilding started, for use as a towboat for pushing barges
    Rebuilding stop, circa 2000, incomplete
    Current Disposition, circa 2011, lying ashore

    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-994 80k LCT-1040 loaded on the main deck of USS LST-994 while at anchor, date and location unknown. USS LST-994 delivered LCT-1040 to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994
    530k LCT-1040 beached (far left) during the Invasion of Southern France, circa 15 August 1944. Note the two dead soldiers lying where they fell while attacking a German dugout on the beach. Grave registration personnel will pick then up as soon as they can get to them.
    US National Archives Identifier 205579375, Local Identifier 26-G-2731 US Coast Guard photo # 2731,
    David Upton

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT-1040 / YFB-82 available at Navsource.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US LCT 1040
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 16 July 2021