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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Landing Craft Utility

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Foxtrot - Bravo
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
    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
    LCU-1475 24k LCU-1475 beached in South Vietnam, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas

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