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Sunk by friendly fire, 2 January 1942, to prevent enemy capture

Mercedes (YT-108)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Defense Medal

District Harbor Tug:
  • A wooden-hulled tug built by Spain in the Philippines, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Captured at Cavite Navy Yard, in May 1898
  • Turned over to the Customs Service
  • Returned to Navy custody, 15 November 1902
  • Placed in service as Mercedes (date unknown) at Navy Yard Cavite P.I.
  • Designated District Harbor Tug YT-108, 17 July 1920
  • During World War II Mercedes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Philippine Islands operation, 8 December 1941 to 2 January 1942
  • Final Disposition, sunk by friendly fire, 2 January 1942, to prevent capture by the Japanese
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Mercedes earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement unknown
    Length 53' 6"
    Beam 9' 2"
    Draft 3' 10"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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