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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YFU-71 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 15 February 1967, at Pacific Coast Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 24 October 1967
  • Delivered 21 December 1967
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-74 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
  • Evacuated to Guam circa 1974-75
  • Returned to US Navy control circa mid-1980s
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by transfer to other Government Agencies, States. Schools, Sea Scouts, etc., 1 December 1986
    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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    YFU-74 118k YFU-74, location unknown, circa 1969. Robert Hurst
    YFU-74 97k Chief Boatswain's Mate Eddie L. Head, Craftmaster YFU-74, gives a smile of approval as his crew prepares to leave the lighterage area at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, on a cargo run northward to Dong Ha, 21 May 1969.
    US Navy photo # USN 1139720 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    YFU-74 34k YFU-74 at the Tien Sha Sand Ramp in DaNang Harbor in 1969. Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    YFU-74 82k Lighterage Division craft at the Division Headquarters in the harbor at Da Nang, South Vietnam, from left to right; unidentified YFU, YFU-4, YFU-18, YFU-7, YFU-74 and an unidentified YFU, circa January 1968 to February, 1970. Steven Wetzler

    There is no DANFS history for YFU-74 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
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    Fleet Reserve Association

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