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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1624

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Quebec - Uniform
NOQU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2 September 1967, 30 April 1968) - Presidential Unit Citation - 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

Personnel Awards

Silver Star - Craft Master Luther Hall BMC USN
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat V) - Gerald E.Patterson EN1
Purple Heart (five 28 August 67 to 14 March 68 - Charles D. Brookey, RM2, William H. Starkweather,CS1, Donald G. Cruz EM2, John J. Cranmer BM3, Michael J. Burke SN)
LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Gunderson Marine, Portland, OR
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service as LCU-1624 in 1960
  • During the Vietnam War LCU-1624 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
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 4 May 2002, 150 nm SW Los Angeles, CA., in approx. 10,194 ft of water
  • LCU-1624 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    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-1622 81k LCU-1624 underway in 1962, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1966-67 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1622 142k LCU-1624 crew filling sandbags for the conn. QM2 Mel Johnson, GMG3 Carpenter, QM3 Mike Flaharty, circa 1966-69. (EN1) Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 118k QM3 Mike Flaharty wouldn't mind having on of these installed in LCU-1624. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 64k LCU-1624 Craftmaster BMC Luther Hall and BM3 MIke Bigelow checking holes on port side after first firelight, circa 1966-69. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 147k
    LCU-1622 108k
    LCU-1622 263k LCU-1624 crew in action during the Tet Counteroffensive, circa 23 February to 8 June 1969. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 161k LCU-1624 Snipes, left to right; MR3 David Roffers, EN3 Virgil Mayrand, FN Robert Pontzius, EN1 Jerry Patterson, EM3 Donald Cruz, circa 1968-69. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 66k LCU-1624 steams past USS Mars (AFS-1) while on an emergency run to Dak To with salvage pumps to help refloat USS Clark County (LST-601). circa 1968-69. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 73k LCU-1624 delivering ammunition to the Navy Support Base at Sa Huynh south of Chu Lai on the Batangan Peninsula, South Vietnam in 1969. Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    LCU-1622 81k LCU-1624 loading Marine Corps amphibious vehicles, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    LCU-1622 134k LCU-1624 moored at Naval Station San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    LCU-1622 189k LCU-1624 entering the well deck of an unknown amphibious ship, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1622 154k First reunion, 2000, for crew of LCU-1624 at San Diego. Left to right; BMCM Luther Hall USN Ret., QM2 Mike Flaharty, ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret., 19 September 2000. Gerald (Jerry) Patterson ENCS USN Ret. LCU-1624
    LCU-1624 43k LCU-1624 entering the well deck of an unknown amphibious ship, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    George A. Luce
    LCU-1624 127k
    LCU-1624 183k LCU-1624 loading a bulldozer in the well deck of an unknown amphibious ship, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    George A. Luce

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1624 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LCU-1624 Awards page
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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