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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 - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (8 March to 14 May 1965 Assault Craft Div. 11&13, Vietnam) - 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

LCU-1610 Class Landing Craft Tank (Modified Version of LCT Mark 5)
  • Laid down in 1957 at Gunderson Bros., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in 1968 and placed in service as LCU-1616
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1616 was attached to the Lighterage Branch, Operations division, Naval Support Activity, DaNang, Republic of Vietnam 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, date unknown
  • Sold to Panama, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, for sale after beingplaced out of service by Panama
  • LCU-1616 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 200 tons (lt.) 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts
    Radar, navigation LN-66 or SPS-53, one band
    Range1200 miles at 8 kts
    Cargo Capacity 170 tons
    Complement 14 Enlisted
    As Built - two single .50 cal machine guns
    Vietnam War era - two twin 20mm gun mounts
    Current - two 12.7mm machine gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 3220 Gals Diesel
    two Detroit 12V-71 Diesel engines
    two shafts (Kort nozzles) 1,000 bhp, 680hp sustained

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    LCU-1616 312k LCU-1616 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    R D Altman DS1 USN Ret.

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1616 / YFU-98 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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    Last Updated 13 March 2015