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Ala (YTM-139)
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ALA (YTB-139) (1944 - 1962)
Ala (YT-139) (1940 - 1944)


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


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

Woban Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 23 September 1939, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 6 November 1939
  • Placed in service, 11 March 1940 in the 13th Naval District as Ala (YT-139)
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large, YTB-139, 15 May 1944
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium, YTM-139, in February 1962
  • Final Disposition, ran aground and then sank in Kuluk Bay near Naval Station, Adak, 19 May 1964
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 May 1965
    Specifications:
    Displacement 325 t.(fl)
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 11' 5" (max)
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion
    one Diesel-electric engine
    single screw 1,000shp

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    Ala 1236k Ala (YTB-139) underway, with a tow alongside, near Bremerton Navy Yard in March 1946. Photo by Ralph J. Dale Keith S. Dale for his father Ralph J. DALE MM2/c Ala
    Ala 1630k Ala (YTB-139) moored pierside across from USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Bremerton Navy Yard in March 1946. Photo by Ralph J. Dale. Keith S. Dale for his father Ralph J. DALE MM2/c Ala
    Ala 1515k Ala (YTB-139) moored astern of USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Bremerton Navy Yard in March 1946. Photo by Ralph J. Dale. Keith S. Dale for his father Ralph J. DALE MM2/c Ala
    Ala 1552k Ala (YTB-139) moored pierside at Bremerton Navy Yard in March 1946. Photo by Ralph J. Dale. Keith S. Dale for his father Ralph J. DALE MM2/c Ala
    Ala 1075k Ala (YTB-139) underway with an ammunition barges in tow near Bremerton Navy Yard in March 1946. Photo by Ralph J. Dale. Keith S. Dale for his father Ralph J. DALE MM2/c Ala
    Ala 99k Ala (YTB-139) and Owachomo (YTB-401) (not shown) assist a Gasoline Tanker (AOG) at Naval Station Adak, AK., circa 1961.
    Photo courtesy Wilber Pressley and National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS)
    Robert Hurst
    Ala 59k Ala (YTB-139) alongside USS Nautilus (SSN-571), date and location unknown. Contributed to US Navy Harbor Tug Boats by Wilbur Pressley, courtesy Paul Smith.

    Ala (YT-139 / YTB-139 / YTM-139)
    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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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