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Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft YFU-4
Landing Craft Utility LCU-562 (1956 - 1958)
Landing Ship Utility LSU-562 (1949 - 1956)
Landing Craft Tank LCT(6)-562 (1943 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Lima
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 - Naval Unit Commendation (Vietnam - 1 July to 30 September 1971) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal
Fifth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (13) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Personnel Awards

Click on asterisk * to read about action resulting in Purple Heart Medals for YFU-4 crew
Purple Hearts: 28 Feb 1968 - 2 KIA, GM3 Gary Crampton, SN Richard Adamo; 10 WIA, SN Taylor (critical), EN3 Arthur Cockerham (critical), ENFN Daniel Love, FN James Jessup, CS David Chatman, Green, SN Michael McCammond, SN Wayne Brill, BMC Floyd Scott, QM2 Robert Sayers

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 6) / YFU-1 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 11 October 1943, at Bison Shipbuilding Corp, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Launched, 23 October 1943
  • Delivered, 7 November 1943
  • Placed in service, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT(6)-562 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
    Invasion of Southern France 15 August to 25 September 1944
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LCT(6)-562 came under the command of:
    LCT Flotilla Forty
    LCT Group One Hundred-Twenty
  • Following World War II LCT(6)-562 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 2 April 1946
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Utility LSU-562 in 1949
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Utility LCU-562, 15 April 1956
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft (YFU-4), 18 May 1958
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-4 participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    January to 30 June 1966
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1974
  • LCT(6)-562 earned one battle star for World War II service and as YFU-4 earned thirteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 1 February 1976 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)
    Displacement 143 to 160 t.(lt), 309 to 320 t.(fl)
    Length 119' 1" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 9"
    maximum navigation 5'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    13 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 20lbs
    gun shields 10lbs
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 10Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LST-49 242k The officers and crew of USS LST-49 and LCT(6)-562 conducting a Memorial service, 15 April 1945, in honor of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The crew was assembled in the well deck of LCT-562. For the LST-49 Association;
    Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 123k LCT(6)-562 secured to the main deck of USS LST-49 at Nakagasuka Wan (Buckner Bay) Okinawa, 7 June 1945. LCT(6)-562 had been loaded aboard, 13 March 1945, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York and was launched in June 1945 at Okinawa. Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 77k
    YFU-12 100k YFU-4 is in the foreground as YFU-12 offloads an Army 175mm self-propelled gun (nicknamed "Blood Beast") at Dong Ha, South Vietnam, after a 22 hour trip through the South China Sea from Danang to the village of Dong Ha, 18 January 1967. LCU-1477 is beyond YFU-12.
    US Navy photo # USN 1119240.
    US Naval Historical Center
    YFU-12 310k YFU-4 at Hue Ramp in the summer of 1967. Photo by Randy C. Martinak CM2
    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
    LCT-562 3504k From left to right; LCU-1615, YFU-55 and YFU-4 at the Tien Sha Ramp, Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1969. Photo by ©David A. Loggie / 1968 YFU-4.
    LCT-562 29k YFU-4 moored to the shore in South Vietnam, circa 1970 WWII LCT web site

    There is no history for LCT(6)-562 / LSU-562 / LCU-562 / YFU-4 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mick McCammond's YFU-4 Vietnam Photo Collection
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    World War II LCT Flotillas
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    * YFU4 was involved in action at Hue City on the Perfume River and Que Viet Rivers during the Tet Counteroffensive campaign. On 26 February 1968. YFU-4 was hit while in a flotilla proceeding up the Que Viet River to Dong Ha. The rocket hit the starboard 20mm gun which was maned by GM3 Gary Crampton, SN Taylor, and SN Richard Adamo. KIA were Gary Crampton and Richard Adamo. WIA were SN Taylor(critical), EN3 Arthur Cockerham(critical), ENFN Danial Love, FN James Jessup,CS David Chatman, Crewman Green,SN Michael McCammond. At the helm was SN Wayne Brill . On the Con Tower was BMC Floyd Scott, and QM2 Robert Sayers.