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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Landing Craft Utility
LCU 1493

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Charlie - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (30 April 1968) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (14)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

LCU-1493 was transferred to South Vietnam, redesignated HQ-543
LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down between 1953 and 1955 at Port Houston Iron Works Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service circa 1955
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1493 was attached to the Lighterage Branch, Operations division, Naval Support Activity, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Defense Campaign
    8 March to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCU-1493 earned fourteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred to the Republic of Vietnam, date unknown redesignated HQ 543
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard
    two .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-1493 194k LCU-1493 crew photo, circa 13 October 1965 to 12 October 1966. Steve Heintz is second from right. Steve Heintz
    LCU-1493 276k LCU-1493 crew photo, circa 13 October 1965 to 12 October 1966, left to right; GM3 name unknown, Seaman Martinez, QM2 Woodworth and Steve Heintz. Steve Heintz
    LCU-1493 218k LCU-1493 crew photo, circa 13 October 1965 to 12 October 1966, swim call. Steve Heintz
    LCU-1493 75k LCU-1493 heading into Da Nang harbor. The road in the background goes up to an Armed Forces Radio Station. This location was past the lighterage ramp, which was LCU-1493's home drop ramp and where she anchored while waiting for a load spot at the ramp. Photo - Joe Criscione
    Caption - Darrell Howard, Radioman 1968-69 LCU-1493

    There is no history for LCU-1493 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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