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  1. MelanieLucas

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    Hello. I am a new member and I occasionally do some family history research. Today I came across some information regarding some WWII Navy muster rolls. My grandfather is Robert Eugene COnrad. The only thing I know of his service during WWII is that he served in the Merchant Marines. Today I find this muster roll for the USS LCT-6 Flotilla 12. I did some quick research and found a little information that led me to this site here. Any and all help is appreciated. I have other family that was in WWII anf have information that I don't mind sharing when I find it again. I put some of it up in storage. Again, thank you in advance for any and all help you guys are able to help me with.

    Melanie Lucas
     
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    I did that and got a lot of different ships that wre similar in name, but not this one. I thought I would try this site since this does pertain to WWII.
     
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    It's not a ship name, but a ship class/type along with the Flotilla number, the LCT(6) also known as LCT(Mark 6).

    As an aside, the vessel that was named LCT-6, or more appropriately LCT(5)-6 was given to Britain under Lend-Lease, and was lost when the merchant ship carrying her was torpedoed and sunk.

    The 12th Flotilla consisted of the following LCT(6)s;
    LCT(6)-535, -536, -569, -570, -571, -572, -573, -585, -586, -587, -588, -589, -590, -591, -599, -600, -601, -602, -603, -612, -613, -614, -615, -622


    A website you might want to peruse through:
    world war ii lcts
     
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    You can check here to see if there are any photos of the aforementioned LCTs of the 12th Flotilla.

    NavSource Landing Craft Tank Photo Archive

    The 12th Flotilla is known for it's participation in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach.
     
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    Thank you
    Thank you. This does hep some and gives me somewhere to start. Were these merchant marine ships???
     
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    The LCTs were either Navy ships or Coast Guard ships called into Navy duty. LCT means Landing Craft, Tank, but that same style of ship could handle bulldozers, trucks, ambulances, anything big and bulk was a candidate.
     
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    The Merchant Marines were mainly manning the big transports and some LST (Landing Ship Tank.) The LST's were so big that they carried the smaller LCT on it's deck to deliver them to N.Africa and Europe. My brother served on LCT 221 in the Mediterranean and at Normandy. The crew of the LCT consisted of the skipper and a twelve man crew who were able to exist in the tiny cabin. They delivered men and equipment to shore during the invasion and then shuttled cargo from the transports to shore. The LST could run up the the beach and unload, but the Victory Ships and other transports had to unload into smaller landing crafts. The LCT was good for this because the tank bay was a big open deck. At Normandy, the LCT were used to shuttle the wounded to England and brought supplies back to France.
    If your grandfather was included on the muster rolls of an LCT (6) I would guess he was in the U.S. Navy and not the Merchant Marines. I don't belong to Fold Three any more but the muster rolls showing my brother always included the LCT's number.(221).
     
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    What was his yr of birth & home town/state? I'm finding more than one with that name.
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    I believe I have found the Muster Roll to which Melanie referred. However, her grandfather's name is spelled Coonrad, not Conrad. Here is the ROC and his draft registration card:

    LCT-6_FLTA-12_30Jun44_ROC.jpg

    WW2_Draft-card_COONRAD_Robert_Eugene_Pg1.jpg
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Here's the 30 Jun 1944 Muster Roll for LCT-6 Flotilla Twelve that I mentioned.

    LCT-6_FLTA-12_30Jun44_MR.jpg
     
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    Working backwards, I found a ROC for Flotilla Twelve showing F1c Coonrad being received from LST 535 as of 8 May 1944.

    LCT-FLTA-12_31May44_ROC.jpg

    And here is the ROC for LST 535 showing F1c Coonrad being transferred to LCT-712 as of 4 May 1944.

    LST535_04May1944_ROC.jpg
     
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    where do you get those at?
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Fold3.com primarily. I have also found some thru Ancestry.com (which owns Fold3).
     
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    o, roger that
     
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    The 31 Mar 1944 Muster Rolls for LST-535 list F1c Coonrad as one of the crew of LCT-712 that boarded LST-535 on 6 Mar 1944.

    This page lists him as 1 of 12 crewmen...
    LCT712-aboard-LST535_31Mar44_MR_pg1.jpg

    The page which immediately followed IDs the 12 as the crew of LCT-712.
    LCT712-aboard-LST535_31Mar44_MR_pg2.jpg
     
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    The ROC for LST-535 dated 16 Mar 1944 shows the crew of LCT-712 boarding on 6 Mar 1944 from the Receiving Station in New Orleans, LA.

    LCT712-aboard-LST535_16Mar44_ROC.jpg

    I was not able to find MRs for LCT-712.
     
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    I did find F1c Coonrad listed on a ROC for LCT-5 Flotilla Two dated 29 Feb 1944. He was being transferred to Receiving Station New Orleans, LA FFT (for further transfer).
    LCT-5_FLTA-2_29Feb44_ROC.jpg

    And in the LCT-5 Flotilla Two ROC dated 31 Jan 1944 records his being received on 25 Jan 1944 from the Amphibious Training Base at Solomons, Maryland.
    LCT-5_FLTA-2_31Jan44_ROC.jpg
     

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