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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-70
Landing Craft Utility - LCU-1492 (1952 - ?)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Xray - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (1-KIA, 18 February 1968 - J. B. Cathey, SA)

LCT-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down as LCT-1492 at Island Dockyard, Kingston, N.Y. circa 1951-52
  • Launched, circa 1951-52
  • Delivered in 1952
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility (LCU-1492), 15 April 1952
  • LCU-1492 participated in
    "Operation Dominic 1" - JTF-8 Nuclear Testing in 1962 at Christmas Island as a unit of Amphibious Construction Battalion 13 (ACB-13)
    The Lebanon Operation, 19 July to 16 September 1958
  • Redesignated Harbor Utility Craft YFU-70, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-70 was assigned to NavSuppAct, DaNang, South Vietnam and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V Consolidation I
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI Consolidation II
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive - Phase III Vietnam Ceasefire
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969  

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, retired, fate unknown
  • YFU-70 earned thirteen 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 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard,2 .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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LCU-1492 65k LCU-1492 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1492 / YFU-70 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
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
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    Last Updated 30 October 2009