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US Army LCU-1542

LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down, November 1954, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, L.A.
  • Launched in 1954
  • Placed in service in 1954
  • Assigned to the US Army 5th Transportation Co(HB) in South Vietnam
    James W Cooper CW2 USA, Craftmaster LCU-1542 - April 1971 to Feb 1972. "I took over the vessel at Cat Lai, RVN. I was a CW2USA at the time and had a crew of 9 enlisted men including an engineer, 2 cooks and 6 deckhands. Our area of ops was in the Mekong delta on resupply missions. On two occasions we were towed (with two other LCU's) into the gulf of Thailand and we ran up to Ca Mau in the U Minh Forest. We were involved in firefights on each occasion in that area. No damage to crew or vessel on either occasion. I think one of the other LCU's was the 1542 but I cannot be sure. The other I cannot even guess. The other resupply missions were ammo, retrograde and food and beverage from Newport(Saigon) into various ports on the Bassac and Saigon rivers. We sometimes used the Cho Gau canal as a shortcut to the Bassac instead of going as far up as the 'Crossover'".
  • Retired in 1995
  • Final Disposition, unknown
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (ovl.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    one Chief Warrant Officer
    nine Enlisted
    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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