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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-65
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Landing Craft Utility - LCU-1165 (1956 - 1966)
Landing Ship Utility - LSU-1165 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT-1165 (1944 - 1949)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Delta - Golf
NCDG
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 (13)
Fourth - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 25 May 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 3 June 1944
  • Delivered, 10 June 1944
  • During World War II LCT-1165 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Placed out of service and laid up in reserve, date unknown
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility, LSU-1165 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-1165, 15 April 1956
  • Reactivated and assigned to Naval Support Activity, Da Nang, South Vietnam, January 1966
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-65, 1 March 1966, BMC John Marlin ACDIV13 in charge
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-65 participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    January 1966 to 30 June 1966
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    .

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • YFU-65 earned thirteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    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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