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Landing Craft Tank

LCU(F)-1451
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LSU-1451 (1949 - 1956)
LCT-1451 (1944 - 1949)


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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (3) - Vietnam Service Medal (4)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6):
  • Laid down, 4 September 1944, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 10 September 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 16 September 1944
  • During World War II LCT-1451 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-1451 in 1949
  • During the Korean War LSU-1451 was assigned to LSU Division 31, LTjg Roberts in command, and participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    5 December 1951 to 24 January 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    27 December 1952 to 4 February 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    16 July to 5 August 1952
    8 September to 22 October 1952
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  • Following the Korean War LSU-1451 participated in the evacuation of French citizens from Indo-China in 1954
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU(F)-1451(Fuels) 15 April 1956
    LCU(F)-1451. . . served with amphibious construction battalion unit one in Yokosuka, Japan. Her duty's, as well as serving as a landing craft, were to install a bottom laid fuel system as well as a bouyant, retrievable fuel system. . . She was equipped with a mile of 6" rubber hose on a large reel attached to her 01 level, mounted port to starboard. She served two tours of duty in South Vietnam that I am aware of. I served on her from 1964 to 1966. We were in Da Nang, South Vietnam from April to August 1965. We returned to Vietnam again in April 1966 and served until August 1966. LCU(F)-1451 made an amphibious landing at Chu Li, South Vietnam in May of 1965. . . In July 1966 she broached on China Beach, South Vietnam while attempting to retrieve a bouyant fuel system (one mile of rubber hose) that was pulled onto the beach by TD24 tractors. She sat there for 3 nights and on the morning of the 4th day, she retrieved by Navy tugs and towed back to Da Nang for repairs. . . Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN.
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1451(F) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    Vietnam Defense Campaign Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LSU-1451 earned three battle stars for Korean War service and as LCU(F) -1451 earned four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    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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    LCT-1451 57k LSU-1451 underway off the coast of Korea, circa 1951-52. Don Brown, Quartermaster LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 95k LSU-1451
    US Navy photo from "All hands" magazine, August 1952 issue.
    Joe Radigan
    LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 117k LSU-1451 crewmen clean up after broaching at China Beach, near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 82k LSU-1451 crewmen relaxing while in the harbor at Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 68k Looking aft from the stbd 01 level of LSU-1451 while underway near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 86k LSU-1451 crewman Fireman Hahn at the throttle of the stern engine while underway near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 58k LSU-1451 crewmen Monahan and Hahn taking a break while underway near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 65k LSU-1451 crew member BM3 Donald Clarke on the bow ramp at Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 86k LSU-1451 beaching near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966 to load a bottom laid fuel system. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 55k LSU-1451 Craftmaster (Skipper) BMC Primus in the galley. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 95k LSU-1451 crew member Seaman Davis in the crews quarters. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 63k LSU-1451 crew member EM2 Hank at the throttle in the pilot house. Richard E. Lutz SMSN USN. LCU(F)-1451
    LCT-1451 82k LSU-1451 off San Clemente Island, CA. in 1973 while installing underwater transducers and cable used to test ship’s sonar. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74
    LCT-1451 62k LSU-1451 moored to a pier at San Clemente Island in 1973 during installation of underwater sonar testing equipment (transducers and cable) as described above. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74
    LCT-1451 471k LSU-1451 crewmen, SN Dennis Haas (left) and Radioman Hale Hunt (right), hooking 6” fueling hose to tension cable during fueling operations off the coast of San Diego in 1974. The Chain for the Fleet Mooring System is on the deck. The Fleet Mooring System was deployed at the end of the fuel hose to tie up a ship during fueling operations. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion I (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74
    LCT-1451 109k LSU-1451 crewmen cleaning up after fueling operations while tied up at the dock at PHIBCB-1, Coronado, CA. in 1974. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74
    LCT-1451 74k LSU-1451's Officer in Charge, Ensign Zuber, enjoying the California sun while underway, in route to Del Mar Bay to conduct fueling operations in 1974. Chain, anchors and buoys are all part of the Fleet Mooring System. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion I (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74
    LCT-1451 100k LSU-1451 hauling steel pilings off of the coast of California in 1974. The pilings were used to build a sea wall at Camp Pendleton, CA. Dennis K. Haas BMSN USN, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 (PHIBCB-1) LCU(F)-1451 1971-74

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