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January 5, 2018

War Diary of LCT(6) Group 71 in Batangas Operations, June 1945

Transcription of a war diary for March 1945 filed by the LCT(6)1 Group 71 for operations conducted in Batangas, June 1945. This is a declassified document2 taken from the United States National Archives. Originally an 8-page document, this transcription only includes the cover page and the last, with details of action in the Batangas-Balayan area.

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LCT(6) GROUP 71
Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California

LCT(6)Grp71/A9/b1
Serial 140

4 June 1945
From:
To:

Subject:

Enclosure:
The Commander.
The Chief of Naval Operations.

War Diary – Submission of.

(A) War Diary for June 1945.
1. The War Diary for June 1945 is submitted herewith.

[Sgd.] H.E. KINNEY
Lt. USNR

cc:
ComLCTFlot 24

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LCT(6) GROUP 71
Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California

WAR DIARY OF LCT(6) GROUP SEVENTY-ONE, FLOTILLA TWENTY-FOUR FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 1945:

LCT’s of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY-ONE, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR are: 741, 742, 743, 825, 826, 868, 870, 897, 1056, 1136.


1 JUNE THROUGH 7 JUNE 1945:

LCT’s 741, 742, 743, 826, 868, 869, 870, 896, 897, 1056 at Batangas Bay, Batangas Province, Philippine Islands doing lighterage3 work for Base “R4,” U.S. Army.

LCT 685 of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR and LCT’s 1261 and 1262 of Flotilla THIRTY-SIX working at Batangas under the operational control of this command.

LCT’s 825 and 1136 of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY-ONE, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR at Subic Bay.

8 JUNE 1945:

LCT’s 825 and 1136 left Subic Bay for Batangas Bay. Other LCT’s of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY-ONE, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR at Batangas Bay doing lighterage workfor Base “R,” U.S. Army.

9 JUNE 1945:

LCT’s 825, 1136 arrived at Batangas Bay from Subic Bay relieving LCT’s 686 and 789 of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR.

10 JUNE THROUGH 30 JUNE 1945:

All LCT’s of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY-ONE, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR at Batangas Bay doing lighterage work for Base “R,” U.S. Army.

LCT 685 of LCT(6) Group SEVENTY, Flotilla TWENTY-FOUR and LCT’s 1261 and 1262 of LCT(6) Group THIRTY-SIX are under the operational control of this command.

There was no ammunition expended by this group during the month of June.

H.E. KINNEY
Lieut., USNR
Commander
LCT(6) Group SEVENTY-ONE

To view or download the original document, please refer to Item 2 below under Notes and References.

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Notes and references:
1 LCT Stands for Landing Craft, Tank. “Glossary of United States Naval Abbreviations – T,” online at Ibiblio.org.
2COM LCT(6) GR 71 - War Diary, 6/1-30/45” online at the United States National Archives.
3Lighterage” refers to “loading, unloading, or transportation of goods by means of a lighter.” Merriam-Webster.
4 Base “R” was a United States Logistics Base in Batangas Town in World War II. “US Army Letter Bases,” online at Pacific Wrecks.

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