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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:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1967, at Pacific Coast Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 16 August 1967
  • Delivered, 24 October 1967
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-72 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 Co. at Da Nang, South Vietnam circa May-June 1970
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-72 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, 1 December 1984
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by transfer to other Government Agencies, 24 May 1985
  • YFU-72 earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement220 t.(lt) 380 t.(fl)
    Length 125'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 1 CPO, 11 enlisted
    Armament machine guns
    Propulsion 2 Detroit Diesel 471 Series, 115Kw 185A generators, twin shafts

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    YFU-72 218k YFU-72 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    YFU-72 532k YFU-72 moves upriver to Hue, South Vietnam with Marine sharpshooters on board to protect against Vietcong snipers. Tom Lanagan
    YFU-72 500k
    YFU-72 516k
    YFU-72 64k YFU-72 underway in the background at the mouth of the Perfume River the village of Tan My, South Vietnam, circa 1969-70. YFUs normally unloaded at the Tan My ramp but occasionally would make the 13 mile trip up river to Hue. David Sykes in foreground. David Sykes

    There is no DANFS history for YFU-72 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

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