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Oswego in Oswego County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

LT-5 TUG

Major Elisha K. Henson

 

— A National Historic Landmark —

 
LT-5 TUG Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, June 20, 2014
1. LT-5 TUG Marker
Inscription.   The LT-5 is an ocean going harbor tug, built in 1943 at the Jakobsen Shipyard. Oyster Bay, New York, specifically to serve in the European Invasion. Serving under the United States Army Transportation Corps, she was one of the many support vessels that towed barges of ammunition and supplies in convoys across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy in 1944.

FROM HER LOG, 1944...
June 6, Left Exmouth with convoy
June 7, Sighted French coast, dropped anchor, awaited orders
June 8, Experienced repeated air raids
June 9, 20:30 hours, Planes overhead! Everyone shooting! Starboard gunner got a F.W. (Focke Wulfe). Left barges tied to sunken LST and proceeded away from beach.

As indicated by the kill mark on her stack, the gunner shot down the enemy plane using one of two 50-caliber machine guns, located off the top deck. For her valor during WWII, the LT-5 received the battle ribbons displayed above the Pilothouse.

After the war, she was renamed the John F. Nash and served as a harbor tug under the US Army Corps of Engineers for over forty years on the Great Lakes and the St.
Lt-5 Tug image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, June 20, 2014
2. Lt-5 Tug
Lawrence Seaway.

Retired in 1989, the LT-5 was acquired by the Port Authority in 1991 and is maintained and operated by the H. LEE WHITE MARINE MUSEUM.

The LT-5 is THE LAST remaining vessel of its type associated with the D-Day Landings.

Specs Length - 114'
Depth - 12.5'
Beam - 25'
Gross Tonnage - 249'
Hull - steel
Crew - 11
Displacement - 306'lt
Horsepower - 1200 BPH
Max Speed - 13 MPH
Engine -
8 cylinder enterprise
direct-reversing
diesel engine
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 43° 27.855′ N, 76° 30.958′ W. Marker is in Oswego, New York, in Oswego County. Memorial is on W 1st St 0.2 miles north of Lake St, on the left when traveling north. The marker is across from the H. Lee White Marine Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oswego NY 13126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oswego Harbor (here, next to this marker); Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Oswego (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Oswego
LT-5 TUG Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, June 20, 2014
3. LT-5 TUG Marker
The kill mark awarded to the LT-5.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Wreck of the David W. Mills (approx. ¼ mile away); Oswego West Side Forts (approx. ¼ mile away); Open Water = Winter Birds (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort George (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oswego.
 
National Historical Landmark marker. image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, June 20, 2014
4. National Historical Landmark marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2018, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2018, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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