Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster.
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-13
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-742 (1952 - 1958)
Landing Ship Utility - LSU-742 (1949 - 1952)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-742 (1943 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - 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
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-742 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-Four, LCDR. F. Carmondy
    LCT Group Seventy-One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 16 October 1944

  • Following World War II LCT(6)-742 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 8 September 1945 to 18 March 1946
  • 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
    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
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(6)-742 earned two battle stars as LSU-742 for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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.
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    three propellers, 675shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    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 history for LCT(6)-742 / LSU-742 / LCU-742 / YFU-13 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    Back to the Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Photo Index Back to The Harbor Craft Utility (YFU) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 19 October 2018