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USS Yancey (LKA-93)
USS Yancey (AKA-93) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Kilo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (2) - Antarctic Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba 2-Dominican Republic)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission Contract (MC hull 1193), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 8 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Yancey (AKA-93), 11 October 1944, CDR. Edward R. Rice, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Yancey (AKA-93) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T. B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Forty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 2 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Yancey was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 11 September 19452 to 19 November 1945
    25 September to 15 October 194521 January to 5 February 1949

  • During the Korean War USS Yancey (AKA-93) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korea Aggression, 12 to 15 October 1950 First UN Counter Offensive, 28 March 1951

  • Decommissioned, December 1957, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 11 October 1960
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet for reactivation, 4 August 1961
  • Recommissioned, 17 November 1961, at Portland OR.
  • Redesignated (LKA-93), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 20 January 1971, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA., 18 March 1971
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 July 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef off Moorehead City, NC, 1990. Laying on her starboard side at a depth of 160 feet
  • USS Yancey earned two battle stars for World War II and two for Korean War service
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl) 14,200 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4" (lim)
    Speed 15.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 36
    Enlisted 330
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,145 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
    one single 5"/38 cal duel purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    8 LCMs
    1 LCP(L)
    15 LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO-11,190 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Combustion Engineering boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three Turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Yancey 109k USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the Antarctic in the background while a US Coast Guard J2F Duck taxis during Operation High Jump circa 1946-1947.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1986.056.001.503
    Mike Green
    Yancey 136k Sailors handling dogs and sleds next to USS Yancey (AKA-93) during the 1947 Operation High Jump in Antarctica.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1986.056.001.394
    Mike Green
    Yancey 55k USS Yancey (AKA-93), at Bay of Whales, Antarctica, 18 January 1947. Tom Eisenhour
    Yancey 59k USS Yancey (AKA-93) Postal Cover, dated January 25 1952. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Yancey 79k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard after completion of overhaul, 17 July 1956.
    US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ron Reeves
    Yancey 64k
    Yancey 54k
    Hermitage 93k Amphibious Group at sea, 17 April 1964. The ships are USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in left foreground, USS Francis Marion (APA-249) in center, USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) in the left rear and USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the right rear. Three UH-34 helicopters are flying in formation over Francis Marion. Photo was received from USS Francis Marion in 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 85059
    Robert Hurst
    Yancey 88k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Yancey 86k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Yancey 74k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway, date and location unknown. Louis Drinovsky
    Yancey 196k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway in the Caribbean Sea in 1965.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Yancey 92k USS Yancey (AKA-93) next in line for refueling, Mediterranean Sea, 1968 © Jerry Search
    Yancey 72k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at anchor, Valetta, Malta, August 1968. USS Traverse County (LST 1160) is in the background © Jerry Search
    Yancey 63k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Yancey 257k USS Yancey (AKA-93) departing Genoa, Italy, 20 April 1970. Photo by Carlo Martinelli, Genoa Italy
    Yancey 467k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at anchor in the harbor at Pireaus, Greece, circa late June-early July 1970. Photo by Eugene Williams USS Yancey
    Yancey 161k Ex-USS Yancey (AKA-93) ready for sinking as part of the artificial reef program for the state of North Carolina off Moorehead City in 1990. Kenneth Groom
    Yancey 84k Model of USS Yancey (AKA-93) The model is 1:96 scale which measures about 5 feet in length. Built by Kenneth Groom

    For more photos and information about USS Yancey, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Commanding Officers

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

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