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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Landing Craft Utility

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Romeo - Tango
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

LCT-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down, circa 1953-55, at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service, circa 1953-55
  • LCU-1499 saw service in South Vietnam during the Vietnam war and 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

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCU-1499 earned at twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 180 t.(lt) 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (ovl.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard,2 .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 shafts, Shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft
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    Page County 133k LCU-1499, beyond the stern of USS Page County (LST-1076), and to the right LCU-1613, form the background as six LCVPs from USS Bayfield (APA-33) crossing the line of departure enroute to White Beach, during amphibious exercises, 18 November 1961.
    US Navy photo # NH 99245.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCU-1499 81k LCU-1499 off loading equipment at San Clemente Island, CA. USS Tioga County (LST-1158) is in the background.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine March 1962 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1499 96k LCU-1499 off loading equipment at San Clemente Island, CA.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine May 1962 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1499 195k LCU-1499 off loading equipment at San Clemente Island, CA.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine May 1962 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1499 20k LCU-1499in South Vietnamese waters in 1969. Joe Criscione
    LCU-1499 17k LCU-1499 at Danang, South Vietnam in 1969. Deck being painted. Joe Criscione
    LCU-1499 17k LCU-1499 unloading at Hue, South Vietnam in 1969. Joe Criscione
    LCU-1499 33k LCU-1499 at the ER (emergency repair) dock, Danang, South Vietnam in 1969. Joe Criscione
    LCU-1499 36k LCU-1499 at Danang, South Vietnam in 1969. Photo by Joe Criscione
    Cleveland 53k LCU-1499 entering the well deck of USS Cleveland (LPD-7) while at anchor, in 1969, location unknown. Note UH-34 Seahorse and UH-1 Iroquois helicopters on her flight deck.
    US Navy photo, PH3 Henry Greer
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1499 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    Mobile Riverine Force Association How a Cook Found a Berth on the LCU-1499 in I-Corps - (Authorized by Joe Criscione, MRFA member and former LCU-1499 crewmember; January 2006, as told to Tom Lanagan, MRFA member and former YFU-79 crewmember)
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