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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft

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

YFU-71 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Built by Pacific Coast Engineering Co., Alameda, CA (YN 222)
  • Laid down, 21 December 1966
  • Launched, 10 July 1967
  • Delivered 14 October 1967
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-71 was assigned to the Lighterage Division at US Naval Support Activity Da Nang, Republic of South Vietnam
  • Transferred to the US Army 329th Heavy Boat Company at Da Nang, South Vietnam, circa May-June 1970
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-71 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

  • Evacuated to Guam circa 1974-75
  • Returned to US Navy control circa mid-1980s
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 01 December 1984
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by transfer to the Department of the Interior, 24 May 1985
  • YFU-71 earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement220 tons (lt) 380 tons (fl)
    Length 125'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 9 knots
    1 CPO
    11 other enlisted
    three machine guns
    two Detroit Diesel series 471 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 115Kw 185A Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers

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    YFU-71 229k Launching of YFU-71 at Pacific Coast Engineering on 10 July 1967. Photo is from the 28 July 1967, issue of the Tie Line, the newspaper for Mare Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyards. Darryl Baker
    YFU-71 39k YFU-71 at anchor in South Vietnamese waters, circa 1968. Pete Harlem

    There is no DANFS history for YFU-71 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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    Last Updated 26 December 2017