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Cuyahoga (AG-26)
Cuyahoga (YX-21) (1935 - 1937)
USS Cuyahoga (AG-26) (1933 - 1935)
USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-57) (1927 - 1933)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1926 at American Brown Boveri Electric Corporation, Camden, New Jersey
  • Launched, 27 January 1927
  • Commissioned USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-57), 3 March 1927,
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the US Navy, 29 May 1933
  • Commissioned, USS Cuyahoga (AG-26), 1 April 1935, Chief Boatswain J. H. Kevers in command
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, 27 July 1935, as Cuyahoga (YX-21), tender and escort for the Presidential yacht
  • Redesignated (AG-26), 30 November 1937
  • Placed out of service, 17 May 1941, struck for the Naval Register and returned to the Coast Guard the same day
  • Final Disposition, lost in collision, 20 October 1978, hulk raised and resunk as an artificial reef off the Virginia Capes
    Displacement 232 t.
    Length 125'
    Beam 23' 6"
    Draft 7' 6"
    1927 - 10 kts
    1945 - 13 kts
    1945 - SF-1 radar, QCO-1 sonar
    1960 - SPS-23 radar, no sonar
    1945 - 3,500 miles at 8 kts
    1930 - 30
    1945 - 46
    one single 3'/23 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two depth charge racks
    one single 40mm/60 gun mount
    two 20mm/80 gun mounts
    two Mousetraps
    one single 40mm/60 gun mount
    two six-cylinder 300-HP Diesel engines
    two General Motors 800 HP Diesel engines

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    USS Cuyahoga (AG-26)
    Cuyahoga 80k USS Cuyahoga (AG-26) moored pierside while in service as escort to the Presidential yacht, date and location unknown.US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82188, courtesy Shipscribe. Mike Green
    USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157)
    Cuyahoga 123k USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) departing Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD., 11 February 1945.
    US Coast Guard # Neg 53
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Cuyahoga 72k USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 337k USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) moored pierside at the US Naval Academy during the summer of 1978. Photo taken by Dan Vassant. Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 55k USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) being raised, 29 October 1978, after her collision with the Argentinian bulk carrier M/V Santa Cruz 11, 20 October 1978, at the entrance to the Potomac River in 58 feet of water. Two US Navy floating cranes were brought to the scene and the ship was raised and towed to Portsmouth, VA. where the hole was patched. On 26 November 1978, it was decided to scuttle the ship off the Virginia Capes. The vessel was towed 15 miles offshore and sunk as an artificial fishing reef where she sits upright in 100 feet of water.
    Official US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 91k USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) being raised by two US Navy floating cranes, 29 October 29, 1978. Cuyahoga collided with the Argentinian bulk carrier MV Santa Cruz, 20 October 1978 and was sunk as a result of that collision. Source: United States Coast Guard. Mike Green and
    Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 67k Two floating cranes supports USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) after raising her from the floor of Chesapeake Bay. The cutter sank in 57 feet of water after colliding with a Argentinian ship.
    US Coast Guard photo by PA1 Robert C. Britt.
    Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 56k Engineers inspecting the damaged hull of USCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) at Portsmouth, Virginia, where the hole was eventually patched.
    Photo courtesy of Bobby Ballance.
    Robert Hurst
    Cuyahoga 108k Plaque honoring the shipmates lost after the collision between tUSCGC Cuyahoga (WIX-157) and Argentinian vessel MV Santa Cruz II on the night of 20 October 1978.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst

    Cuyahoga (AG-26 / YX-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Cuyahoga, 1927 WIX / WMEC / WSC-157
    Coast Guard Compass - "Remembering the Cuyahoga"
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