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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Landing Craft Utility

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November - November - Foxtrot - Lima
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

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (Richard C. Wyatt, SN - KIA, 5 May 1968)

LCU-1610 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, date unknown,at Gunderson Bros. Portland, OR.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in 1959 and placed in service as LCU-1614
  • During the Vietnam war LCU-1614 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

  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for commercial service to General Propulsion, Florida
  • Resold in 2004 to Coastal Villages Seafoods, Western Alaska
    Modified for service as a fish tender and freight vessel, bottom replaced, main engines replaced with two John Deere Diesels, new generators, and new cranes, renamed MV Kelly Mae
  • Current Disposition, as of 2006, in service as a fish tender and freight vessel for Coastal Villages
  • LCU-1614 earned at twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications: (As Built)
    Displacement 200 t.(lt), 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 12 to 14 Enlisted
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion four Detroit Diesel engines 1,000 bhp, (250 bhp each engine), two shafts
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals
    Range 1,200 nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1614 75k LCU-1614 underway in 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1967-68 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships."
    Robert Hurst
    YFU-82 1447k LCU-1614 beached at a ramp with YFU-82, an unidentified YFU, and a mine damaged LCM-8. The LCM struck a mine in the Qua Viet River, circa 1969-70.  
    YFU-75 85k LCU-1614 and YFU-75 moored at a pier in Da Nang, South Vietnam, circa January 1968 to February 1970. Steve Wetzler
    LCU-1614 129k LCU-1614 under way in harbor in South Vietnam, March 1970.
    Photo courtesy R. E. Jenkins photo archive.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Commercial Service
    LCU-1614 77k Ex-LCU-1614 in commercial service as Coastal Villages MV Kelly Mae at Seattle, date unknown. Joe Hall
    LCU-1614 72k MV Kelly Mae at Seattle, date unknown. Joe Hall
    LCU-1614 60k MV Kelly Mae at Seattle, date unknown. Joe Hall
    LCU-1614 78k MV Kelly Mae tendering fish on the Kuskokwim River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska, summer 2006. Joe Hall
    LCU-1614 60k MV Kelly Mae tendering fish on the Kuskokwim River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska, summer 2006. Joe Hall

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1614 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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