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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Landing Craft Utility

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

LCU-1610 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Gunderson Bros. Portland, OR.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service as LCU-1619 in 1959
  • During the Vietnam war LCU-1619 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, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • LCU-1619 earned at twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 200 t.(lt), 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 12 to 14 Enlisted
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion four Detroit Diesel engines 1,000 bhp, (250 bhp each engine), two shafts
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals
    Range 1,200 nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1619 148k The history regarding these photos. One of LCU-1619's exercises late in the summer or early fall of 1964, was to ferry three tanks to San Clemente Island CA., and off-load them. Unfortunately, with a rising tide and a broken anchor winch, used to pull herself off the beach, the landing craft broached, with the crashing surf lifting and pounding the hull on a large rock. Eventually, a Sailor from a seagoing tug swam ashore with a small line, pulling a large hawser, and at high tide the tug pulled the landing craft off the beach. LCU-1619 limped back to USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) where she was drydocked in the LSDs well-deck. Once on board the landing craft was inspected to ascertain the amount of damage caused by broaching and pounding on the landing crafts hull and propellers. Photos by Allen R. Hartley, RM2, USNR LCU-1619
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    LCU-1619 153k LCU-1619 and an unidentified YFU at the ramp at Sa Huynh, South Vietnam in the southern section of I-Corps. Photo by Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    LCU-1619 70k LCU-1619 at the ramp at Dong Ha just south of the DMZ in South Vietnam, November 1969. Note the construction crane sitting in the river. It was being loaded onto a boat when the brakes failed on the crane and she rolled straight into the river. Photo by Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    LCU-1619 83k LCU-1619 and LCU-1633 at the ramp at Wilson's Cove, San Clemente Island, CA. circa late 1970s, while embarking an MIUW Team. Photo by Lee Noland STGC(SW) Ret.
    LCU-1619 87k LCU-1619 and LCU-1633 at the ramp at Wilson's Cove, San Clemente Island, CA. circa late 1970s, while embarking an MIUW Team. Photo by Lee Noland STGC(SW) Ret.
    LCU-1633 79k LCU-1619 is in the distant background as LCU-1633 embarks an MIUW Team at Wilson's Cove, San Clemente Island, CA. circa late 1970s. Photo by Lee Noland STGC(SW) Ret.

    Naval Support Activities DaNang, South Vietnam newspaper "The White Elephant News", May 23, 1969
    LCU-1619 article - Contributed by Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1619 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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