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LCT-75 USS Landing craft.

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:01 pm

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The landing ship depicts on this stamp is most probably USS LST-75 who was in the Mediterranean during the landing in Operation Husky, if she took part in the landing I could not find.

Built as landing craft by the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville In. for the USA Navy.
30 January 1943 laid down.
07 April 1943 launched as the USS LCT-75. Sponsored by Mrs. Dorsey W. Brown.
Displacement 1,625 ton light, 4,080 ton full load. Dim. 100.0 x 15.2m., length bpp.96.3m
Powered by two General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, 900 hp each, two shafts, speed 11.5 knots.
Range by a speed of 9 mile, 24,000 miles.
Armament: 6 – 40mm guns, 12- 20mm guns.
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
Typical loads
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Crew 117 and troop accommodation for 16 officers and 147 men.
21 June 1943 commissioned.

During World War II she was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East and European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Following the war, LST-75 performed occupation duty in the Far East in November and December 1945 and service in China in July and August 1947. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 22 December 1947, and transferred to the Philippine government on 30 December 1947, serving that government as COTABATO (T-36). She was struck from the Navy list on 22 January 1948 and scrapped in 1964 in the Philippines.

LST-75 earned one battle star for World War II service.

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https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160075.htm https://www.miramarshipindex.nz
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