- Oct 2015
As to the DD tanks, it is unfair to criticize the Navy for "panicking". On UTAH beach 28 DDs made it ashore, 4 were lost when their LCT hit a mine and sank. The commander of the LCTs assigned to the Western end of OMAHA, after consulting with the Army commander, beached with the standard tanks and tank-dozers of the battalion, and 28 made it ashore. Only those for the Eastern sector of OMAHA (Fox and Easy beaches) launched 5,000 yards offshore and foundered. There is controversy over who decided to launch (Army or Navy). This from Morrison (the closest thing to a Navy official history). One LCT commander raised his ramp when the first tank launched foundered, and beached to land the other three-the only ones that made it ashore.