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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft YFU-7
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Landing Craft Utility LCU-629 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Ship Utility LSU-629 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT-629 (1944 - 1949)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 16 November 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 13 December 1943
  • Delivered and placed in service, 7 April 1944
  • During World War II LCT-629 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, LCT Flotilla 24, Group 70, LCDR. F. Carmondy, in command, and served at New Guinea, the Philippines and at Okinawa
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-629 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-629, 15 April 1956
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-7, 18 May 1958
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-7 participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    .
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    .
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    .

  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk at An Thoi, Vietnam, spring 1970
  • YFU-7 received nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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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    LSU 629
    LCT-629 36k LSU-629 underway at Sasebo, Japan while ferrying a damaged Firefly FR.Mk.1 and Sea Fury FB.Mk.11 aircraft from the light fleet aircraft carrier HMS Glory to be lifted aboard the maintenance carrier HMS Unicorn for repair, circa early 1950s. Robert Hurst
    YFU-7
    YFU-74 82k Lighterage Division craft at the Division Headquarters in the harbor at Da Nang, South Vietnam, from left to right; unidentified YFU, YFU-4, YFU-18, YFU-7, YFU-74 and an unidentified YFU, circa January 1968 to February, 1970. Steven Wetzler
    LCT-629 38k YFU-7 after sinking at An Thoi, Vietnam, spring 1970 Steven Wetzler

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-562 / LSU-562 / LCU-562 / YFU-4 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 30 October 2009