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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624
Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-61
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-916 (1956 - 1966)
Landing Craft Ship - LSU-916 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-916 (1943 - 1949)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Charlie - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - Navy 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):
Laid down, 16 August 1943, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Launched, 16 October 1943
Delivered and place in service, 28 October 1943, ENS. H. L. Gates USNR officer in charge
During World War II LCT(6)-916 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCT Flotilla Thirty-Eight
LCT Group One Hundred Twelve and
LCT Flotilla Six, LT. L . W. Weigel USNR;
LCT Group Seventeen, LT. S. R. Mantell USNR
LCT(6)-916 also saw service at Eniwetok Atoll in August 1945
Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LSU-916 in 1949
Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-916, 15 April 1956
Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft (YFU-61), 1 March 1966
During the Vietnam War YFU-61 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
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
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
1 July to 30 September 1971
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
YFU-61 earned twelve campaign stars 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.
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. Ships' Service Generators
three propellers, 675shp
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LCT(6)-921 under construction on Mare Island Navy Yard's, north ways, 24 August 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 6051-43
||Eaton Metal Products prefabricated hull section A-5 for LCT(6)-916 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 2 October 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 6859
||YFU-76 (foreground) and YFU-61 at the Dong Ha (RVN) landing ramp in 1969.
||Photo by Terry Lukanic NMCB-74 Detail Alpha Quang Tri Province '69-'70
There is no DANFS history for LCT(6)-916 / LSU-916 / LCU-916 / YFU-61 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
Mobile Riverine Force Association
Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
Last Updated 11 July 2014
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