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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 - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LCT(6)-1260 was transferred to Thailand named HTMS Mataphon (L761)
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 11 July 1944, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy, IL
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • Delivered, 8 September 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-1260 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operations, 19 March to 1 April 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to Thailand, circa 1946-47
  • Named HTMS Mataphon (L761), date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a diving attraction off Thailand
  • LCT(6)-1260 earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 3 March to 6 June 1945,and 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-1260 47k Ex-US LCT(6)-1260 underway as the Thai Navy landing craft HTMS Mataphon (L761), date and location unknown.
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1260 78k Ex-HTMS Mataphon (L761) alongside an unidentified tank landing ship awaiting disposal by sinking at the diving site at Had an Nuan, south of Koh Larn, Thailand.
    courtesy of
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1260 103k Ex-HTMS Mataphon (L761) was secured to a crane barge and towed to her new home off Koh Tarn, Thailand, where she was sunk to begin a life as a diving site.
    Photos courtesy of
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1260 24k
    LCT-1260 104k

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-1260 available at NavSource
    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
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    Last Updated 5 April 2015