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Landing Craft Utility LCU-1421
Landing Ship Utility LSU-1421 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-1421 (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 (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 10 October 1944, at Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Launched, 8 November 1944
  • Delivered, 18 November 1944
  • During World War II LCT-1421 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCT Flotilla Twenty-One, LCDR. W. B. Gillette USNR;
    LCT Group Sixty-Three, LT. G. W. Wagonhurst USNR and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II LCT-1421 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 1 March 1946
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1421 in 1949
  • During the Korean War LSU-1421 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    5 December 1951 to 1 February 1952
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    15 May to 27 July 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    6 June to 15 July 1952
    20 September - 18 October 1952

  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-1421, 15 April 1956
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCT-1421 earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars 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.
    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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    LST-1421 47k LSU-1421 under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    LST-1421 241k LSU-1421 and LSU-877 beached on a ramp at Koje (Geoje) island, South Korea in 1953.
    Photo by PFC Donald K. Grovon, US Army.
    Douglas Price
    LST-1421 215k LSU-1421 beached on a ramp at Koje (Geoje) island, South Korea in 1953.
    Photo by PFC Donald K. Grovon, US Army.
    Douglas Price

    There is no DANFS history for LCT-1421 / LSU-1421 / LCU-1421 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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    Last Updated 16 December 2016