Photo #: 80-G-328478
USS Thornton (AVD-11), at left
Is towed into Kerama Retto harbor, Ryukyu Islands, by a fleet tug (ATF), circa 14 April 1945.
Thornton had been heavily damaged on 5 April 1945 in a collision with USS Ashtabula (AO-51) and USS Escalante (AO-70). Note the deep vertical gash in her starboard side, amidships.
LCT-1409 is passing by in the foreground.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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Image posted 2 June 2006
Caption corrected 21 September 2006