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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.)
Speed 10 kts.
Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
one Chief Warrant Officer
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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