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Major Wilbur F. Browder (LT-4)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row = American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

US Army Large Tug (LT) class seagoing tugboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the Design 271 steel hull tug LT-4 at Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service in October 1943
  • Named Major Major Wilbur F. Browder (LT-4) in 1944
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corp., Harbor Boat Branch
  • During World War II Major Wilbur F. Browder was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Major Wilbur F. Browder towed ammunition barges across the English Channel during the invasion of Normandy
  • She also served at Cherbourg, France assisting harbor clearance operations
  • After Cherbourg Major Wilbur F. Browder was reassigned to Plymouth, England for the duration of World War II
  • Transferred in 1947 to the US Army Corps of Engineers, at Kewaunee, WI., renamed Ludington where she assisted in the construction and maintenance of Great Lakes harbors
  • Ludington was retired from active service in 1998 and donated to the city of Kewaunee, WI. where she was placed on public display
  • Ludington is listed on the State Register and National Register of Historic Places
  • Major Wilbur F. Browder earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 249 gross tons
    Length 113'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one Enterprise Diesel engine, 1,200hp
    single propeller

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    Ludington 175k US Army Corps of Engineers Tug Ludington moored pierside at Kewaunee, WI., date unknown.
    US Army Corp of Engineers. photo

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Wisconsin Historical Markers
    Tug Ludington, City of Kewaunee, WI.
    Tug Ludington, Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce
    National Park Service Digital Gallery
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