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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
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
||Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
|Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
|Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
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.
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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||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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
World War II LCT Flotillas
Last Updated 25 January 2019
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