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LCU-1159 (1956 - 1958)
LSU-1159 (1949 - 1956)
LCT-1159 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft: Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 17 May 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 28 May 1944
  • Delivered, 31 May 1944
  • During World War II LCT-1159 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT Flotilla 31 and served at Leyte in the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan
  • Following World War II LCT-1159 performed occupation duty in Japan
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1159 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-1159, 15 April 1952
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-31, 18 May 1958
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-1159 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 143 t.(lt), 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1"
    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-1194 488k From left to right LCT-1156, LCT-1159, LCT-1193, and LCT-1194 along with the rest of LCT Flotilla 31 underway in Casiguran Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands in 1945.
    Photo by Donald Berton Dale RM3/c LCT-1195
    Bernard Urbanik
    LCT-638/1159 74k LSU-1159 and an unidentified YTL moored at the "inner basin" Naval Station Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, circa 1954-56. Photo was taken from the conning tower of LSU-638 Harvey Kimbro LCU-638

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-1159 / LSU-1159 / LCU-1159 / YFU-31 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas web site

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    Last Updated 19 March 2010