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USS Yokes (APD-69)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 August 1943, as Yokes (DE-668), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 27 November 1943
  • Redesignated (APD-69), 27 June 1944
  • Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Yokes (APD-69), 18 December 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX., LCDR. Paul E. Warfield, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Yokes (APD-69) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters TransDiv One Hundred Four, CAPT. R. D. Williams USN (24), and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 May to 30 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 to 22 November 19453 to 10 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 19 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck form the Naval Register, 1 April 1964
  • USS Yokes earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 March 1965 to National Metals and Steel Co.(NASSCO), Terminal Island, CA.
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Yokes 27k USS Yokes (APD-69) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    Yokes 198k USS Yokes (APD-69) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    George Weed
    Yokes 55k USS Yokes (APD-69) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    George Weed
    Yokes 51k

    USS Yokes (APD-69)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships )DANFS_
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Warfield, Paul Emerson, USNR18 December 1944 to 22 August 1945
    02LCDR. Weed, George Haines, USNR22 August 1945 - 30 March 1946
    03LTjg. Korpady, Edeward Albert, USNR30 March 1946 - 31 May 1946
    04LT. Sure, William Henry Hudson, USNR31 May 1946 - 19 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    A History of USS Yokes
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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