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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624
Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-66
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-1203 (1956 - 1966)
Landing Craft Ship - LSU-1203 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank - LCT(6)-1203 (1944 - 1949)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Delta - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
Laid down, 22 July 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Launched, 29 July 1944
Delivered, 3 August 1944
LCT(6)-1203 placed in service, date unknown
During World War II LCT(6)-1203 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
During World War II LCT-1381 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCT Flotilla Thirty-Four, LCDR. H. A. Shuler, USNR
LCT Group One Hundred, LT. G. J. Gauthier, USNR and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II LCT(6)-1203 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 1 March 1945
Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1203 in 1949
Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-1203, 15 April 1956
Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-66, 1 March 1966
During the Vietnam War YFU-66 participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto, March to June 1945
Vietnam War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
23 February to 8 June 1969
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
|Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
9 June to 31 October 1969
30 January to 1 April 1968
|Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
2 April to 30 June 1968
1 May to 30 June 1970
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
1 July to 1 November 1968
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
1 July to 30 September 1971
Placed out of service, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LCT(6)-1203 earned one battle star for World War II service and as YFU-66 earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
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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||USS LSM-111 and LCT(6)-1203 beached at Okinawa in
the fall of 1945.
||Submitted by Jon Strupp for
Thomas Malke USS LSM-111
||YFU-66 and YFU-54 beached at Dong Ha, South Vietnam while off loading Army 175-mm howitzers where they provided fire support for US Marine operations in 1967.
Photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1967.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
There is no DANFS history for LCT(6)-1203 / LSU-1203 / LCU-1203 / YFU-66 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
Last Updated 30 October 2009
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