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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:
|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 1945||3 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
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1965 to National Metals and Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA.
USS Yokes received one battle star for her World War II service
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
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
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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||USS Yokes (APD-69) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
USS Yokes (APD-69)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Warfield, Paul Ernest, USNR||18 December 1944 to 22 August 1945|
|02||LCDR. Week, George Herbert, USNR||22 August 1945 - 19 August 1046|
|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
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 14 March 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|