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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Ferryboat - YFB-86
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Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-1 (1958 - 1960)
Landing Ship Utility - LCU-524 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Craft Tank - LSU-524 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT-524 (1943 - 1949)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944, Normandy) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal



YFB-86 was leased to Paraguay and redesignated BT-1
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 22 July 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 25 August 1943
  • Delivered 17 September 1943
  • During World War II LCT-524 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater LCT Flotilla 4, LCDR Louis E. Hubbard, in command, and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-524 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-524, 15 April 1956
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-1, 18 May 1958
  • Reclassified Ferryboat YFB-86 in 1960, assigned to duty as a ferry at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Place out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred, leased, to Paraguay, in June 1970, designated Paraguayan Navy BT-1
  • Departed Guantanamo Bay, 2 July 1970, arrived Buenos Aires, 29 July 1970, aboard ARA Candido de Lasalle (ex-USS Gunson Hall (LSD-5), steaming from Buenos Aires to Asuncion under her own power
  • Sold to Paraguay, 11 February 1977 for $18.000
  • Sold in 1997 to a commercial firm in Paraguay
  • Final Disposition, laid up and scrapped in 2010
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 5'; (max)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 2 single 20mm AA gun mounts, 4 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 20lbs wheelhouse, 10lbs gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LCT-524
    LCT-524 86k LCT-524 beached at Slapton Sands, England, 10 February 1944.
    National Archives photo from motion picture
    Bill Brinkley
    LCT-524 150k LCT-524 unloads the first Liberty ship to enter Cherbourg harbor. With no deep-draft berths yet available, cargos were unloaded and ferried to the shore by LCTs. US National Archives photo. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCT-524 1098k LCU-524 preparing to moor at Orwell, VT. on Lake Champlain in the summer of 1956. ©Photo Rutland Herald Aldo Merusi Archive. Richard Brown, Photo Archivist Rutland Herald
    LCT-524 1069k LCU-524 preparing to moor at Orwell, VT. on Lake Champlain in the summer of 1956. ©Photo Rutland Herald Aldo Merusi Archive. Richard Brown, Photo Archivist Rutland Herald
    LCT-524 899k A Retired Navy Admiral aboard LCU-524 for a presentation to the people of Orwell, VT. about Navy ships and weapons, summer 1956. ©Photo Rutland Herald Aldo Merusi Archive. Richard Brown, Photo Archivist Rutland Herald
    LCT-524 875k Citizens of Orwell, VT. aboard LCU-524 during an open house to see what the Navy is all about, summer 1956. ©Photo Rutland Herald Aldo Merusi Archive. Richard Brown, Photo Archivist Rutland Herald
    LCT-524 2560k Two Naval officers, an Admiral on the right and a Commander on the left standing on the dock in front of the Orwell, VT. general store in the of summer 1956. It can be assumed they were there while LCT-524 was tied up to the dock. ©Photo Rutland Herald Aldo Merusi Archive. Richard Brown, Photo Archivist Rutland Herald
    YFB-86
    LCT-524 162k YFB-86 underway at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay while providing ferry service between the air station and main side, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Bram Risseeuw

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