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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624
Harbor Utility Craft YFU-7
International Radio Call Sign:
Landing Craft Utility LCU-629 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Ship Utility LSU-629 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-629 (1944 - 1949)
November - Bravo - Bravo - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation - - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row - Navy Occujpation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Fifth 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(6)-629 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCT Flotilla Twenty-Four, LCDR. F. Carmondy;
LCT Group Seventy and served at New Guinea, the Philippines and at Okinawa
Following World War II LCT(6)-629 was assigned to Occuaption Service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 25 March 1946
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:
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
YFU-7 earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
Final Disposition, sunk at An Thoi, Vietnam, spring 1970
Vietnam War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
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
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
Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
Beam 32' 8"
limiting 3' 9"
maximum navigation 5'
Speed 10 kts.
Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
gun shields 10lbs
Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C.
three propellers, 675shp
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||LSU-629 under way 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.
||Lighterage Division craft at the Division Headquarters in the harbor at Da Nang, South Vietnam, from left to right; unidentified YFU,
YFU-74 and an unidentified YFU, circa January 1968 to February, 1970.
||YFU-7 after sinking at An Thoi, Vietnam, spring 1970
There is no history for LCT(6)-629 / LSU-629 / LCU-629 / YFU-7 available at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Mobile Riverine Force Association
Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
World War II LCT Flotillas
Last Updated 29 June 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|