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Lost to enemy action in January 1969,

Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-62
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Landing Craft Utility - LCU-973 (1956 - 1966)
Landing Craft Ship - LSU-973 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-973 (1943 - 1949)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (January 1969) Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal- Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal - Vietnam Campaign Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (8 KIA January 1969)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 30 November 1943, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 2 February 1944
  • Delivered, 4 February 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-973 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Fifteen
    LCT Group Forty-three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai Landings, 15 September 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Laid up in reserve
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Utility LSU-973 in 1949
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Utility LCU-973, 15 April 1956
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-62, 1 March 1966
  • Reactivated for service in Vietnam, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-62 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
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to January 1969

  • Final Disposition, sunk by enemy detonated mine on the Cua Viet River just east of Dong Ha, South Vietnam in January 1969 with the loss of 8 US Navy personnel
  • LCT-973(6) earned one battle star for World War II service and as YFU-62 earned six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 5' (max)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament 2 single 20mm AA gun mounts, 4 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 20lbs wheelhouse, 10lbs gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 225 per shaft

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    LCT-973 46k The hulk of YFU-62 after being destroyed by a command detonated mine enemy mine on the Cua Viet River just east of Dong Ha, South Vietnam in January 1969 with the loss of 8 US Navy personnel. Photo taken in August 1969 from YFU-79. Photo by Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    LCT-973 42k The hulk of YFU-62 after being destroyed by a command detonated mine enemy mine on the Cua Viet River just east of Dong Ha, South Vietnam in January 1969 with the loss of 8 US Navy personnel. Photos by Steven Wetzler BM2 Craftmaster YFU-57
    LCT-973 58k
    LCT-973 33k The hulk of YFU-62 after being destroyed by a command detonated mine enemy mine on the Cua Viet River just east of Dong Ha, South Vietnam in January 1969 with the loss of 8 US Navy personnel. Photo by Rick Sherley
    LCT-973 67k YFU-62 sunk in Cua Viet River with (SCFR) Small Craft Repair Facility, Danang diving/salvage craft LCM8-912 alongside for survey and body recovery. 1969 Photo by Rick Sherley

    There is no DANFS history for LCT(6)-973 / LSU-973 / LCU-973 / YFU-62 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 27 February 2015