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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Landing Craft Utility

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Kilo - Oscar
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

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (3 on 17 Feb 68 - Dallas D. Cumming, EN2, FN Lopez, and unknown RM at Hue South Vietnam)

LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Built in 1953 at Marietta Mfg. Point Pleasant, W.V.
  • Launched in 1953
  • Delivered and placed in service in 1953
  • Placed out of service and laid up in reserve in Japan, circa 1956
  • Reactivated and assigned to various Assault Craft Divisions 11,12,13 (Assault Craft Unit 1), date unknown
  • LCU-1482 was temporarily assigned (TAD) to Naval Support Activity Danang during the Vietnam War and 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

  • Sunk at Chau Me, South Vietnam, 17 February 1968
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Salvaged by USS Grasp (ARS-51) circa April 1969
  • Turned over the South Vietnam, date unknown, redesignated RVNS HQ-547
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCU-1482 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (o.a.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Design Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7kts
    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-1483 209k Nine LCUs in reserve in Japan, 1956. Four in front row unidentified. Back row from left to right: LCU-1482, LCU-1476, LCU-1481, LCU-1483, and LCU-1494, Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1482 69k LCU-1482 beached at a staging ramp near the Lighterage Division Causeway in Da Nang Harbor, circa 1968. Photo by Steve Wetzler BM3 LCU-1482
    LCU-1482 63k LCU-1482 beached at a staging ramp near the Lighterage Division Causeway in Da Nang Harbor, circa 1968. Photo by Steve Wetzler BM3 LCU-1482
    LCU-1482 104k LCU-1482 and an unidentified LCU to starboard partially loaded at a loading ramp in DaNang Harbor., circa 1968. Photo by Steve Wetzler BM3 LCU-1482
    LCU-1482 104k LCU-1482 sunk on the ramp at Hue, 17 February 1968 with casualties. BMC Luther Hall LCU-1624 received a Silver Star for his Fire Control actions aboard LCU-1482 Jerry Patterson LCU-1624
    LCU-1482 107k
    LCU-1482 675k LCU-1482 beached in South Vietnam, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for LCU-1482 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
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
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