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Landing Craft Utility LCU-1273
Landing Ship Utility LSU-1273 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-1273 (1944 - 1949)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
LCU-1273 was transferred to Chile and named Grumete Tellez
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
Laid down, 26 July 1944, at Kansas City Structural Steel Co., Kansas City, KS.
Launched, 28 August 1944
Delivered, 31 August 1944
Placed in service, date unknown, ENS. W. MacCorkle USNR Officer in Charge
During World War II LCT-1273 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
LCT Flotilla Thirty-Five, LCDR. W. C. Margetts USNR;
LCT Group One Hundred Four, LT. K. C. Allen USNR
Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1273 in 1949
During the Korean War LSU-1273 participated in the following campaign:
Korean Service Medal
|Campaign and Dates
|Third Korean Winter Campaign, 1 December 1952 to 30 April 1954
Redesigned Landing Craft Utility LCU-1273, 15 April 1956
Placed out of service, date unknown
Transferred to Chile, 8 May 1960 in renewable loan for 5 years, named Grumete Tellez
Placed out of service by Chile, 05 November 1986
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LSU-1273 earned one battle star for Korean 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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||LSU-1273 and LSU-877 beached on a ramp at Koje (Geoje) Island, South Korea in 1953.
Photo by PFC Donald K. Grovon, US Army.
||LCU-1273 and LCU-1374 beached in Japan, circa 1953-54. An unidentified LCU is underway in the background.
||Ron Gray, Captain (Ret.)
||LCU-1273 alongside the British light fleet carrier HMS Warrior, at Hanoi, North Vietnam after helping to evacuate 3,188 anti-communist refugees from St. Jacques and Haiphong, between 31 August and 15 September 1954.
||A small mobile crane is loaded aboard beached LCU-1273 while DUKWs roll through doors of St. Clair County (LST-1096) during preparations for joint Navy-Marine amphibious exercises in the Pacific, circa 1956.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1956 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
There is no DANFS history available for LCT-1273 / LSU-1273 / LCU-1273 at NavSource
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
World War II LCT Flotillas
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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