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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-1268


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Letter of Commendation Commander LCT(6) Flotilla 21
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 6 July 1944, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy IL.
  • Launched, 25 July 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 4 September 1944, ENS. J. Hubert Greene USNR, Officer in charge
  • During World War II LCT(6)-1268 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-One, LCDR. W. B. Gillette, USNR
    LST Group Sixty-Three, LTjg. J. Hubert Greene, USNR (promoted from OIC LCT(6)-1268) and
    LCT Flotilla Thirty-Three, LCDR. F. M. Wiseman USNR
    LST Group Ninety-Nine, LT. S. D. Osman USNR and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • LCT(6)-1268 was welded to the deck of USS LST-729 at Gulfport, MS. in September 1944 for transporting to Okinawa via the Panama Canal, Port Hueneme, CA. and Pearl Harbor. LST-729 departed Port Hueneme, 12 December 1944 and arrived via Pearl Harbor at Okinawa in early March 1945. At Okinawa LCT(6)-1268 was off-loaded from the LST and put into service operating out of Ie Shima
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-1268 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 7 February 1946
  • LCT(6)-1268 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.5 (Target Vessels - Landing Craft Units - LCT Group 21 (LCT GRU 21) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-1268 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, destroyed at Bikini Atoll
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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-729 1078k Shellback Certificate issued to ENS. J Hubert Greene signifying he crossed the equator while aboard USS LST-729. ENS Greene was the officer in charge of LCT(6)-1268 which was loaded aboard LST-729 at New Orleans and off-loaded at Okinawa during the invasion. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LST-729/LCT-1268 53k USS LST-729, with LCT(6)-1268 welded to her main deck, at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, circa 21 to 25 November 1944. USS LST-729 was waiting at Coco Solo to transit the Panama Canal from Atlantic to Pacific while enroute to Okinawa. She arrived at Coco Solo, 2151 21 Nov 1944, entered the canal at 1338 25 Nov 1944 and exited the Pacific side at 2225 25 Nov 1944. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 52k LCT(6)-1268 moored pierside at Ie Shima, circa 1945. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 43k LCT(6)-1180, LCT(6)-1268 and LCT(6)-873 beached at Ie Shima, circa 1945. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 104k LCT(6)-1268 crew photo. Back row; left to right: ? (Radioman), Rounds, Williams, Blatz (XO), J. Hubert Greene (Skipper). Middle row, left to right; Peterson (Motormac). Lewis Chamblee of Tate, Georgia, unknown, Kershaw. Front row, left to right; Unknown, Joe Cicala (Cook), Vaughn (Electrician), date and place unknown. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 80k LCT(6)-1268 crew photo, circa 1945, Ie Shima, Okinawa. (OIC LTjg Greene is second from left back row) Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 47k LCT(6)-1268 looking forward from the conning tower, date and place unknown. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 58k LCT(6)-1268 conning tower and bridge crew, date and place unknown. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 44k LCT(6)-1268 20mm gun mount, Ie Shima, Okinawa, circa 1945. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 83k The US National Ensign that flew over LCT(6)-1268, restored to museum standards. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 180k LCT(6)-1268 crew photo, date and location unknown. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 360k LCT(6)-1268 OIC, J. Herbert Greene, and XO at the Ernie Pyle memorial on Ie Shima in 1945. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268
    LCT-1268 58k YN1 J. Hubert Greene before being commissioned as an Ensign in the US Naval Reserve. This photo was taken in New Orleans where YN1 Greene served as a clerk in Navy Intelligence. Shortly after this photo was taken YN1 Greene received notice that he was being transferred to the South Pacific and because he had a college degree the Navy offered him a commission and a ship. YN1 Greene took the Navy up on their offer and was commissioned Ensign USNR and given command of LCT(6)-1268. Mike Greene in honor of his father LTjg. J. Hubert Greene OIC LCT-1268

    There is no DANFS history record for LCT(6)-1268 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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