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LCM (Landing Craft, Mechanized) LCM-6
Model featured: LCM-6 Irma La Douche, Modified ATC (Armored Troop Carrier)
- circa Vietnam War -
LCM-6 Modified Armored Troop Carrier (ATC)
All "normal" ATCs were Program IV and were dedicated Armored Troop Carriers that moved troops of the US Ninth Infantry Division into combat with the enemy.
A few Program IV ATCs were further modified:
Program V ATC's were converted from LCM-6 Mod-2 craft which included Zippo Boats, 40mm Monitors and 105mm Monitors. Additionally there were 2 boats that had powerful water cannon machinery installed (ATC-WC) in the well deck which was used to hydraulically destroy enemy tunnels dug into the river banks. The first (Tango-14) was a Program IV craft and a follow on (Tango-32) a Program V.
"Irma La Douche"
Tango-14 was commanded by BM-1 Ray F. Longaker
Jr. from 10/1969 to 10/1970 and operated on the rivers south of Saigon
and west to the Cambodian border together with Tango 32. "The boat was a big slow target and going
against the current with a flat bow ramp the top speed was maybe 4
knots. When in a fire fight we were in the kill zone a long time and had
to fight our way out. Long time meaning melting the barrels off the
machine guns. We were in a number of fire fights and its a wonder why
nothing - including us - was hit." In the one year Tango-14
destroyed over 370 bunkers, spider-holes, trenches and booby traps, plus
the capture of two significant enemy ammunition cashes.
|Original LCM Mark-6 and LCM Mark-8 specifications|
|Length||56.2 feet||73.7 feet|
|Beam||14.0 feet||21.0 feet|
|Displacement||64 tons||105 tons|
|Engines||2 Detroit V-6 or V-8 diesels||2 Detroit 12-V diesels with Kortz nozzles|
|Total Hp & # shafts||2 shafts; 348 or 460 hp||2 shafts; 680 hp|
|Speed & Range||9 knots / 130 miles||12 knots / 190 miles|
|Load||34 tons or 80 troops||One M48 or M60 tank or 200 troops|
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