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USS Yosemite (AD-19)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Romeo - Victor
NARV
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Assort (Q)uebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (2)
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6)- Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 3JAN61-3OCT62)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (3)- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 24OCT62-31DEC62)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Philippines Liberation Medal


Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 19 January 1942, at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, 16 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Yosemite (AD-19), 26 March 1944, CAPT. George C. Towner in command
  • Decommissioned, 27 January 1994, at US Naval Station Mayport, FL., and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James, River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 18 November 2003 at location 35-54N7 070-04W, at a depth of 2340 fathoms
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,037 t.(lt) 17,176 t.(fl)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 25' 6" (lim)
    Speed 19.6kts. (trial), 12kts (econ)
    Complement
    Officers 73
    Enlisted 1,003
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    WWII configuration
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty-three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 24,555Bbls
    Diesel 2,705Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Allis-Chalmer geared turbines
    four Babcock and Wilcox A-type boilers, 403psi 720°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    four 750Kw 450V A.C. Ships Service Generators
    two propellers, 11.000shp

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    Yosemite 50k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, 23 July 1944, location unknown. Note USS Yosemite is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3Ax..
    US Navy photo
     
    Yosemite 164k USS Yosemite (AD-19), moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Yosemite 71k USS Yosemite (AD-19) entering Havana Harbor, Cuba, circa 1950s Vince Banks R4-Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 27k USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Melville. R.I., with (from inboard to outboard); USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858),
    USS Harwood (DD-861),
    USS McCaffery (DD-860),
    USS Norris (DD-859)
    and
    USS Keppler (DD-765) alongside, circa 1953-1956
    Vince Banks R4-Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 93k USS Yosemite (AD-19) R4 Division, circa 1953-1956 Vince Banks R4-Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 79k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Our Navy" Magazine, First of November 1954.
    Stanley Svec
    Yosemite 44k USS Yosemite (AD-19), date and location unknown. USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Yosemite 33k USS Yosemite (AD-19) at New York, circa post 1954-1955. Vince Banks, R4-Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 35k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway in the Amsterdam Ship Canal (which runs from Ijmuiden to Amsterdam), 30 June 1958. Note the Hembrug railroad bridge in the open position in the background. The bridge is half way between Ijmuiden (on the North Sea) and Port of Amsterdam. USS Yosemite was in port in the city of Amsterdam for a routine port visit from 30 June to 5 July 1958. USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Thor 264k Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
    LocationShip (Hull No.)Ship Type
    Pier 11USS Wasp (CVS-18)Aircraft Carrier
    Dry Dock 5ARD-16Floating Dry Dock
    In ARD-16YFND-23Dry Dock Companion Craft
    Pier 10Empty 
    Pier 9EUSS Macon (CA-132)
    YD-196
    Heavy Cruiser
    Floating Crane
    Pier 9WUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709)Destroyer
    Pier 8EUSS Thor (ARC-4)
    YPD-24
    Cable Layer
    Floating Pile Driver
    Pier 7EUSS Springfield (CLG-7)Guided Missile Light Cruiser
    Pier 7WEmpty 
    Pier 6EUSS Perry (DD-844)Destroyer
    Pier 6WUSS Mitscher (DL-2)Destroyer Leader
    Pier 5EUSS Albany (CG-10)Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
    Pier 5WUSS Yosemite (AD-19)Destroyer Tender
    Pier 4EEmpty 
    Pier 4WUSS Skywatcher (AGR-3)Radar Picket Ship
    U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
    Yosemite 435k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, circa 1964-65, location unknown.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Henry Craig Hensel.
    Henry Craig Hensel PHCS (AC/AW) Ret. USN.
    Yosemite 2140k USS Yosemite (AD-19) with
    USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708),
    USS William R. Rush (DD-714) and
    USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858) alongside, at Naval Base Newport, R.I., 22 September 1965.
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Yosemite 75k USS Yosemite (AD-19) moored port side to, Pier One Naval Station Newport, R.I., 1966. Steve Hessman R-5 Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 186k Post card of USS Yosemite (AD-19) with
    USS Julius A. Furer (DEG-6) and
    USS Voge (DE-1047) alongside and USS Dealy (DE-1006), USS Cromwell (DE-1014) and USS Compton (DD-705) astern and alongside USS Cascade (AD-16) at Naval Base Newport, R.I., circa 1967-1972.
    (Photo ŠThe John Twomey Distributing Co., Newport, R.I.)
    Tommy Trampp
    Yosemite 519k USS Yosemite (AD-19) at anchor, St Thomas, USVI, 1968. ©Dan Owens USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 81k USS Yosemite (AD-19), at Valletta, Malta, 10 July 1969.
    Photo by Jim Isgro.
    USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Yosemite 69k USS Yosemite (AD-19), at Valletta, Malta, 10 July 1969.
    Photo by Jim Isgro.
    USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Yosemite 36k USS Yosemite (AD-19) with USS Cassin Young (DD-793) alongside, Melville, R.I., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Vince Banks R4-Div. USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 176k USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Naples, Italy upon relieving USS Tidewater (AD-31), 19 April 1969. Robert Hall USS Tidewater
    Accohanoc 352k USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Naval Station Mayport, Fl. in 1973 with tugs Accohanoc (YTM-545), Tomahawk (YTB-789) and Migadan (YTM-549) alongside. Kenneth Wendall Jackson IM2 USS Yosemite
    Accohanoc 499k
    Migadan 401k
    Yosemite 36k USS Yosemite (AD-19) with USS Luce (DDG-38) and USS Donald B. Beary (DE-1085) alongside, Naples, Italy, circa 4 July 1975. USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Yosemite 37k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, date and location unknown. USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Yosemite 70k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Yosemite 395k USS Yosemite (AD-19) moored pierside at Barcelona, Spain, 1 September 1986. Photo by Carol Martinelli
    Yosemite 798k USS Yosemite (AD-19) moored pierside at Marseille, France, circa 1987-88, with USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) and USS Aylwin (FF-1081) alongside. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Yosemite 66k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Yosemite 116k USS Yosemite (AD-19) underway, circa 1992, place unknown. USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
    Courtesy Tom Keown ET2 USS Yosemite, 1991-93
    Yosemite 77k ex-USS Yosemite (AD-19) on the Elizabeth River while passing through Hampton Roads from the James River Reserve Fleet while enroute to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., 19 February 2003. Photo by Mable Clark
    Yosemite 68k Ex-USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., being prepared for use as a target, 22 August 2003. Photo by Jerry McWaters USS Yosemite
    Yosemite 85k Ex-USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., being prepared for use as a target, 22 August 2003. Photo by Jerry McWaters USS Yosemite


    For more photos and information about USS Yosemite see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Yosemite AD-19 Association
  • Memorabilia and Photo Collections
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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