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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Landing Craft Utility

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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 (30 April 1968)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (3-KIA, 6-WIA, 30 April 1968)

LCU-1477 was transferred to South Vietnam and redesignated HQ-541
LCT-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank (Modified Version of LCT Mark 5):
  • Laid down in 1953 at Marietta Mfg. Point Pleasant, W.V.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service in 1953 as LCU-1477
  • Existing records at NavSource indicate LCU-1477 was assigned to the Naval Support Activity, Danang, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and participated in the following campaigns:
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    Tet Counteroffensive Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V  

  • Placed out of service and transferred to South Vietnam, date unknown, redesignated HQ-541
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCU-1477 earned nine 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
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    three Grey Marine Diesels
    three shafts, Shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft

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    YFU-12 100k LCU-1477 is beached at Dong Ha, South Vietnam, 18 January 1967 as :YFU-12 offloads an Army 175mm self-propelled gun (nicknamed "Blood Beast") after a 22 hour trip through the South China Sea from Danang to the village of Dong Ha, 18 January 1967. YFU-4 is in the foreground.
    US Navy photo # USN 1119240.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCU-1477 37k LCU-1477 on the Cua Viet River, South Vietnam, 1969 Photo by Joe Criscione
    LCU-1477 52k LCU-1477 date and location unknown. Kurt Henningsen
    LCU-1477 139k LCU-1477 at anchor off Chu Lai, South Vietnam, with a load of bombs, date unknown. Photo ©Jack Coker GMG3 LCU-1477
    LCU-1477 55k Photos of LCU-1477 from July 1969 to November 1969 and during preparation for turn over to the Vietnam Navy, December 1969 to April 1970 Photos ©Jack Coker GMG3 LCU-1477
    LCU-1477 139k LCU-1477 being turned over to the Vietnamese Navy during the "Accelerated Turnover to the Vietnamese" program, April 1970, location unknown. Photos ©Jack Coker GMG3 LCU-1477

    There is no history record for LCU-1477 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    Last Updated 22 February 2013