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Lost to enemy action, 9 September 1942

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USCGC Muskeget (WAG-48)
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Muskeget (AG-48) (1942)
YAG-9 (1942)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart - 121 KIA, 9 September 1942
  • Launched 10 February 1923 as the cargo ship SS Cornish (ON 222746) by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Sparrows Point, MD (YN 4215)
  • Delivered to Eastern Steamship Co., Boston, MA, 1923
  • Acquired by Maritime Commission, December 1941
  • Transferred to Navy and designated Miscellaneous Yard Auxiliary YAG-9, 29 December 1941
  • Placed in service as YAG-9 prior to conversion, 02 January 1942
  • Converted for Navy service at Sullivan Drydock & Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY, beginning 30 March 1942
  • (Probably immediately went from guardship conversion to weather patrol ship conversion)
  • Reclassified and named Miscellaneous Auxiliary Muskeget (AG-48), 30 May 1942
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 30 June 1942
  • Commissioned USCGC Muskeget (WAG-48), 01 July 1942, LCDR Charles Ernest Toft, USCG, commanding
  • Final Disposition, missing with all hands on Weather Station #2 (53° 00'N, 42 ° 30'W), 09 September 1942 (Torpedoed in North Atlantic by U-755 same day)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 October 1943
    Specifications:
    Displacement 370 t.(lt) 1,827 t.(fl)
    Length 233' 6"
    Beam 20' 2"
    Draft 24' 3"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    9 officers
    107 enlisted
    1 Public Health Service Officer
    4 U.S. Weather Service employees
    Armament
    one single 4"/50 gun mount
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    four "Y" guns
    two mousetraps
    Propulsion
    one Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Company triple-expansion steam engine
    two Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation single-ended Scotch boilers, 190 psi
    single propeller 1,300 SHP

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    Muskeget 71k YAG-9 underway, 17 February 1942, as a guardship off New York. She was placed in service before being converted and is carrying no armament.
    US Naval history and Heritage Command photo # NH 84622.
    US Coast Guard Historians Office
    Muskeget 174k YAG-9 at the Sullivan Drydock, Brooklyn, N.Y. 30 March 1942, after arriving there for conversion to a guardship. She was converted in the same manner as USS YAG-8 but was then immediately further converted to a weather ship.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-29082, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Photo submitted by Stan Svec
    Description by Robert Hurst
    Muskeget 86k YAG-9 at the Sullivan Drydock, Brooklyn, N.Y. 30 March 1942, after arriving there for conversion to a guardship.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-29083, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst

    Muskeget (AG-48)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Muskeget (WAG-48)
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