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Toka (YTM-149)
Toka (YTB-149) (1944 - 1962)
Toka (YT-149) (1941 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

Woban Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI (YN 168)
  • Laid down, 03 October 1940
  • Launched, 15 April 1941
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 24 May 1941
  • Placed in service as Toka (YT-149), 03 June 1941
  • Allocated to the Fourth Naval District, at Philadelphia, PA
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large, YTB-149, 15 May 1944
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium, YTM-149, February 1962
  • Re-allocated to the Thirteenth Naval District, November 1968
  • Placed out of service in reserve at Bremerton, WA, November 1978
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1982
  • Transferred to US Army, 01 January 1983
  • Refitted for Army service at Marco Drydock and Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA
  • Deployed to Kwajalein Missile Range, September 1983
  • Final disposition, fate unknown (still active at KMR 1989)
    Displacement 218 tons (light) 325 tons (full load)
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7" (lim.)
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    single propeller, 1,000shp

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    Toka (YT-149)
    146k Toka (YT-149) on ways before her launch, 15 April 1941. Dave Wright
    150k Launch of Toka (YT-149) at Defoe, 15 April 1941. Note Woyot (YT-150) awaiting her turn in the right background. Dave Wright
    61k Toka (YT-149) underway in the Great Lakes, circa May 1941.
    Photo from Bowling Green University Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    126k Toka (YT-149) underway on her delivery voyage, 10 May 1941. Dave Wright
    Toka (YTB-149)
    104k Toka (YTB-149) moored pierside, circa 1944-62, probably at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
    US Navy photo from the US Navy Memorial collection
    Stan Svec
    Toka (YTM-149)
    73k Toka (YTB-149) being hoisted on to a barge prior to being loaded aboard SS Transcolumbia at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for delivery to Naval Station Bremerton, WA, in 1968.
    US Navy photo from the US Navy Memorial collection
    Stan Svec

    Toka (YT-149 / YTB-149 / YTM-149)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    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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