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Landing Craft Tank - LCT-742
Landing Ship Utility - LSU-742
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-742
Harbor Utility Craft YFU-13


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1944, at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy, IL.
  • Launched, 11 March 1944
  • Delivered, 6 April 1944
  • During World War II LCT-742 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT Flotilla 24, Group 71, LCDR. F. Carmondy, in command, at New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-742 in 1949
  • During the Korean War LSU-742 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    4 to 25 December 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    1 to 28 February 1951

    I was assigned to LSU-742 around late July 1950. I was with a crew that replaced a crew at Pusan. Our mission was to take ammunition from ammo ships and go on the beach and a crew of Korean laborers would carry the ammo to a depot nearby.We did this in an area called Chinhae...pronounced Shin Hay. We did this for about 6 months. Our next duty was at Hungnam, North korea....we transferred men and material to ships in the harbor...we were there from early December to Christmas eve 1950. Here is a list of names of my shipmates: CPO Merrill CPO Wells Carroll..... Horrigan, Paul Kracht, Bill Kelly, Randall Musgrave, Drady Fields, Boyce Tucker, Cecil
    s/s Stanley Steinberg
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-742, 15 April 1952
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft (YFU-13), 18 May 1958
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-742 earned two battle stars as LSU-742 during the Korean War
    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-520/638/742/783 84k Amphibious shipping beached on the Hungnam waterfront during the evacuation, December 1950. Ships present are (from left to right): LSU-520, LSU-638, LSU-742, two unidentified LSUs, LSU-783; and two Japanese-manned LSTs. Note trucks and jeeps in the foreground.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-425954, a US Navy photo now in the collects of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-742 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 29 January 2010