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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, 28 October 1943
  • Placed in service, date unknown, ENS. H. L. Gates USNR officer in charge (May 1945)
  • 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
    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
  • YFU-61 earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    LCT Specifications:
    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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    LCT-916 432k LCT(6)-916, LCT(6)-917, LCT(6)-918, LCT(6)-919, LCT(6)-920 and LCT(6)-921 under construction on Mare Island Navy Yard's, north ways, 24 August 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 6051-43
    Darryl Baker
    LCT-916 90k 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
    Darryl Baker
    YFU-76 84k 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 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

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