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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. 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
Lt-5 Tug image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, June 20, 2014
2. Lt-5 Tug
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
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 43° 27.855′ N, 76° 30.958′ W. Marker is in Oswego, New York, in Oswego County. Marker is on W 1st St 0.2 miles north of Lake St, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is across from the H. Lee White Marine Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Oswego NY 13126, United States of America.
 
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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wreck of the David W. Mills (approx. mile away); Oswego West Side Forts (approx. mile away); Open Water = Winter Birds (approx. mile away); Fort George (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oswego.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
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.
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. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2018, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. 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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