USS LST-6

USS LST-6 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship of the United States Navy. LST-6 served in the European Theater of Operations, participating in the Allied invasion of Sicily, the Salerno Landings, and the Normandy landings. She was mined and sunk on 17 November 1944.[1]

History
United States
Name: USS LST-6
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 20 July 1942
Launched: 21 October 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. H.E. Haven
Commissioned: 30 January 1943
Struck: 22 December 1944
Honors and
awards:
3 battle stars (WWII)
Fate: Mined and sunk 17 November 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Varied, depending on load
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
6 LCVP
Capacity: between 1600 and 1900 tons
Troops: 14 officers, 131 enlisted men
Complement: 129 officers and enlisted men
Armament:
  • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
  • 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
  • 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

Construction

LST-6 was laid down on 20 July 1942 at Dravo Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware, launched on 21 October 1942, sponsored by Mrs. H. E. Haven;[2] and commissioned on 30 January 1943 with Lieutenant Benjamin J. Franklin in command.[2]

Service history

LST-6 was assigned to the European Theatre and participated in the following operations, for which she received three battle stars:[2]

LST-6 participated in the landings at Omaha Beach as part of Assault Group O3.[3] In August 1944, Lieutenant W.H. Weddle took command. LST-6 struck a mine and sank in the English Channel while returning from a supply movement from Portland to Rouen on 17 November 1944. She was struck from the Navy List on 22 December 1944.[1][2]

References

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  1. "USS LST-6". NavSource. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. "LST-6". DANFS. Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. Ford, Ken (2014). Operation Neptune 1944: D-Day's Seaborne Armada. Oxford: Osprey. p. 23. ISBN 9781472802729.

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