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Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-60
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-851 (1952 - 1966)
Landing Ship Utility - LSU-851 (1949 - 1952)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT-851 (1943 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Charlie - kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 30 October 1943, Darby Products and Steel Corp., Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 15 December 1943
  • Delivered 24 December 1943
  • During World War II LCT-851 was assigned to the European-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Seventeen CDR. R. Craig Fabian;
    LCT Group Fifty; and and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown and laid up in Reserve
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-851 in 1949
  • Reactivated, circa 1950-55
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-851, 15 April 1952
  • Redesignated Harbor Utility Craft YFU-60, 1 March 1966
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-60 participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V, October 1968
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and sold for scrapping in July 1973
  • LCT-851 earned one battle star for World War II service and as YFU-60 one campaign star for Vietnam War 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-851 97k LCT-851 beached at Normandy, date unknown.
    US National Archives Tape No. NPC-107-15760
    Bill Brinkley
    LSM-547 124k USS LSM-547 and USS LST-529 with LCU-851 loaded on her main deck, circa 1952, location unknown. Don Garner
    LCT-851 442k LCT-851 just prior to being loaded onto USS Chesterfield County (LST-551) at Norfolk, VA. in February 1966 by YD-215. Chesterfield County carried LCU-851 though the Panama Canal, to Pearl Harbor and then to Subic Bay where she was off loaded,1 May 1966. Richard Wall Chesterfield County
    LST-1076 100k YFU-60, and YFU-63 along with six unidentified LCU/YFUs and USS Page County (LST-1076) at the LCU Landing, Port of Cua Viet, South Vietnam, October 1968. Photo by Art Moore BU2 USN

    There is no history for LCT-851 / LSU-851 / LCU-851 / YFU-60 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The World War II LCT Flotillas
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
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    Last Updated 1 February 2019