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LCU-1475
Landing Craft Utility

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Foxtrot - Bravo
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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 - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (8 March to 14 May 1965 Assault Craft Div. 11&13, Vietnam) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal



LCU-1475 was transferred to South Vietnam, redesignated HQ-540
LCT-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down in 1952 at Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, N.Y.
  • Launched in 1952
  • Delivered and placed in service as Landing Craft Utility (LCU-1475), 15 April 1952
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1475 participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    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
    Tet Counteroffensive
    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
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    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
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971

  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Custody transferred to Republic of South Vietnam, renamed HQ-540
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCU-1475 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (ovl.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Design Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard,2 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine diesels, 3 shafts, Shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft

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    LCU-1475 36k LCU-1475 beached in Japan while off-loading a tank, 1961. US Navy photo. Photo by Ron Gray
    LCU-1475 42k LCU-1475 beached in Japan while off-loading a tank, 1961. US Navy photo. Photo by Ron Gray
    LCU-1475 41k LCU-1475 beached on the Perfume River near Hue, South Vietnam, date unknown. Joel Packman
    LCU-1475 179k LCU-1475 at the NAVACTS DaNang ramp loaded with cargo for Hue, 1969. Tom Lanagan YFU-79

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1475 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    World War II LCT Flotillas

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