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USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168)
USCGC Yocona (WAT-168) (1946 - 1965)
USS Seize (ARS-26) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - Uniform
USS Seize (ARS-26) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USCGC Yocona (WAT-168 / WMEC-168) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation (2) - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) 1-with Operational Distinguishing Device - 19 May 1994 to 30 May 1996)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (3) - Humanitarian Service Medal (2) - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon (2)

USS Seize (ARS-26) was transferred to the US Coast Guard and renamed USCGC Yocona (WAT-168)
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1943, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Seize (ARS-26), 3 November 1944, LT. Herman B. Conrad in command
  • During World War II USS Seize was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Seize was assigned to China service from 2 September 1945 to 8 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946
  • Transferred to the US Coast Guard, 26 June 1946 and placed in commission as USCGC Yocona (WAT-168)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
  • Redesignated Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-168) in 1965
  • Decommissioned, 30 May 1996 and returned to US Naval custody, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, to be disposed of as a target off Guam in 2006
    Displacement 1,940 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 4"
    Speed 14.8 kts.
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,300 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,450 Gals
    four Cooper Bessemer GSR-8 Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    USS Seize (ARS-26)
    Seize 91k LT Herman B. Conrad (left of the speaker) assumes command of Seize (ARS 26) at Basalt Rock Co. Shipyard, Napa, CA. Basalt was about 10 miles north of Mare Island up the Napa River.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2724-44.
    Darryl Baker
    USCGC Yocona (WAT-168 / WMEC-168)
    Seize 93k Ex-Seize (ARS-26) in Coast Guard service as USCGC Yocona (WAT-168) underway, date and location unknown. The Coast Guard rated this vessel as an oceangoing tug
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC), photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Seize 67k USCGC Yocona (WAT-168) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo # 28483, May 1948.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Seize 46k USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) moored pierside at Ford Island, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI,, June 1999 Courtesy Joe Lewis
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Seize 94k USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) under way, circa 1966, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Seize 52k USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) under way, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Seize 160k USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) underway, date and location unknown. She is towing a buoy.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Manhattan 2511k USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) stands off in the background as Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00543 by PH2 Shayna Brennan, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center

    For more photos and information about USS Seize / USCGC Yocona see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Yocona (WMEC-168)
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Commanding Officers
  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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