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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 - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation 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

LCT-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
  • Delivered in 1952 and placed in service as LCU-1498
  • LCU-1498 participated in "Operation Dominic 1" - JTF-8 Nuclear Testing in 1962 at Christmas Island as a unit of Amphibious Construction Battalion 13 (ACB-13)
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1498 was assigned to the Naval Support Activity Danang and at the Cua Viet River Base in Northern I Corps, near the DMZ 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

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, retired, fate unknown
  • LCU-1498 earned at 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 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-1498 111k LCU-1498, South Vietnam, date unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    LCU-1498 42k LCU-1498 at the LST ramp, Cua Viet, South Vietnam, circa 1968-1969. Joe Criscione
    LST-525 705k LCU-1498 passing astern of USS Caroline County (LST-525) at the Cua Viet River Base landing, 15 March 1957. Caroline County was delivering a load of trucks.
    Defense Imagery photo # DM-ST-85-09354 CUA VIET, South Vietnam (15 March 1967) a USMC photo by PFC Kenneth L. Fuller now in the collections of Defense
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1498 182k LCU-1498 in the well deck of an amphibious ship loading a bulldozer, date and location unknown. George A. Luce

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1498 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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