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Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-1398
Harbor Utility Craft YFU-44

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 12 October 1944 at Mount Vernon Bridge Co., Mount Vernon, OH.
  • Launched, 30 October 1944
  • Delivered, 31 October 1944
  • During World War II LCT(6)-1398 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-Nine, LCDR. E. D. Gasson, USNR;
    LCT Group Eighty-Seven and participated in the campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II LCT(6)-1398 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 10 March 1946
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-44, 18 May 1958
  • Selected for conversion in 1959 to an underway torpedo testing launching platform
  • Assigned to a US Naval Ordnance Testing command
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Service, date unknown
  • Sold 1 April 1978
  • Registered as fishing vessel MV Bold Contender O.N. 596219
  • Redocumented as MV Hamilton Retriever in 1993
  • Documentation lapsed in 1995
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT(6)-1398 earned one battle star for World War II service
    LCT (Mark VI) Specifications:
    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.
    1 officer
    12 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    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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    LCT-1398 269k YFU-44 after conversion the an underway torpedo testing and launching platform with additional testing of sonar transducers and underwater acoustic testing. A "moon well" was fitted amidships with a deployable "platform" (see lower right insert in photo). An additional 250KW AC generator was also installed.
    "World War II U. S. Naval Vessels in Private Hands" by Greg H. Williams
    Jim Swank

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-1398 / YFU-44 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    World War II LCT Flotillas
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