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YFU-82 (1968 - 1982)

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 - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Commendation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YFU-71 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 15 June 1968, at Pacific Coast Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 23 August 1968
  • Delivered, 4 October 1968
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-82 was assigned to Naval Support Activity/Naval Support Facility in DaNang, South Vietnam and participated in at least the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970

  • Transferred to the US Army, circa spring 1970
  • Returned to the US Navy, circa 1982
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-506, date unknown, at Naval Station Long Beach, CA.
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 August 1997
  • Final Disposition, disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), sold for reuse/conversion, 14 June 1999
  • YFU-82 earned seven 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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    YFU-82 1447k YFU-82 beached at a ramp with LCU-1614, an unidentified YFU, and a mine damaged LCM-8. The LCM struck a mine in the Qua Viet River, circa 1969-70. John Grothouse SN YFU-82
    YFU-82 88k YFU-82 carrying two Army APC's to Dong Ha Ramp, South Vietnam, date unknown. John Grothouse SN YFU-82
    YFU-82 2375k YFU-82 waiting to be loaded at a Danang ramp, date unknown. John Grothouse SN YFU-82
    YFU-82 1395k YFU-82 ramped at the Hue Ramp Special Operation, date unknown. John Grothouse SN YFU-82
    YFU-82 387k YFU-82 moored alongside and unidentified cargo ship while taking on ammunition, date unknown. John Grothouse SN YFU-82
    YFU-82 55k Seaman John Grothouse USN in the YFU-82's "pink" mess deck, date unknown. John Grothouse SN YFU-82

    There is no DANFS history for YFU-82 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
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book

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