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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft YFU-52
Landing Craft Utility LCU-743 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Ship Utility LSU-743 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-743 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Bravo - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation - Naval Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down 20 February 1944 at Quincy Barge Builders, Quincy. IL.
  • Launched 14 March 1944
  • Delivered 10 April 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-743 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-four, LCDR. F. Carmondy, at New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa
    LCT Group Seventy-one
  • Place out of service, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility, LSU-743 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-743, 15 April 1952
  • Reclassified as a Harbor Utility Craft (YFU-52), 18 Mary 1956
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-52 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
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 1 November 1972 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
    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

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LCT-743 34k LCT(6)-743 moored pierside, date and location unknown.  :
    LSU-743 182k LSU-743 alongside a larger vessel, date and location unknown. David Wright
    LCT-743 126k YFU-52 moored at Sa Huynh, South Vietnam, 1969. Tom Lanagan YFU-79

    There is no history for LCT(6)-743 / LSU-743 / YFU-52 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
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    Last Updated 19 October 2018