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LSU-653 (1949 - 1952)
LCT(6)-653 (1944 - 1949)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944, Normandy) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
Laid down, 16 January 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Launched, 1 February 1944
Delivered 4 February 1944
Placed in service, date unknown
During World War II LCT(6)-653 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign as a unit of Task Group 124.5:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-653 in 1949
Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-653, 15 April 1952
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
LCT(6)-653 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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.
Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
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(6)-653 loading troops and equipment in an English port prior to the Normandy invasion, circa early June 1944.
||LCU-653 passes USS Peleliu (LHA-5) during amphibious exercises with units of Assault Craft Unit One ACU-1, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1982
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
There is no history available for LCT(6)-653 / LSU-653 / LCU-653 at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The World War II LCT Flotillas
Last Updated 13 June 2019
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