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Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-24
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-980 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Craft Ship - LSU-980 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-980 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (1 July 1971 - 30 April 1972) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Campaign Medal (10)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 15 December 1943, at Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1944
  • Delivered, 15 February 1944
  • Placed in service, date unknown
    ENS. C.S. Reardon, USNR Officer in Charge (from February 1944)
    ENS. J.E. Steck, USNR Executive Officer (from March 1944)
  • During World War II LCT(6)-980 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-978 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 9 April 1946
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-24, 18 May 1958
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-24 participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive Consolidation I
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Consolidation II
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Ceasefire Campaign

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • YFU-24 earned ten battle stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-980 48k YFU-24 - VIETNAM RESCUE - 24 Feb 1969 - Harbor Utility Craft was rescued from a rice paddy by Seabees and LCM's after being swept over a causeway by a typhoon. A hole was blasted in the causeway to free the utility craft. .

    There is no history record for LCT(6)-980 / LSU-980 / LCU-980 / YFU-24 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 25 January 2019