LST-496 disgorging its load on to the Normandy beaches, 1944.

LST-496 disgorging its load on to the Normandy beaches, 1944.

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship: Laid down, 24 August 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.; Launched, 22 October 1943; Commissioned USS LST-496, 27 December 1943. During World War II, LST-496 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy, June 1944. She was sunk by enemy mines off Omaha Beach, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1944. LST-496 earned one battle star for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement 1,780 t.(lt), 3,640 t.(fl); Length 328′; Beam 50′; Draft unloaded, bow 2′ 4″ stern 7′ 6″, loaded bow 8′ 2″ stern 14′ 1″; Speed 12k.; Complement 8-10 Officers, 100-115 Enlisted; Troop Capacity, approx. 140 officers and enlisted; Boats, 2-6 LCVP; Armament; one single 3″/50 gun mount, five 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, two .50-cal machine guns, four .30-cal machine guns; Propulsion, two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.

Data courtesy of NavSource Naval History.

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