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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Cahto Class District Harbor Tug:
Laid down, 4 November 1943, as District Harbor Tug YT-257 by Anderson and Chritofani, San Francisco, CA.
Named Minooka, 5 January 1944
Launched, 22 April 1944
Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-257, 15 May 1944
Placed in service at Mare Island Navy Yard, 8 August 1944
During World War II Minooka (YTB-257) was Service Squadron Two
Following World War II Minooka was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September 2 November 1945||3 November 1946 to 10 June 1947
Assigned to Naval Operating Base, Okinawa, 11 August 1945
Damaged by Typhoon Louise, 9 October 1945, while at Okinawa
Minooka also served at Sasebo, Japan in 1946 and at Tsingtao, China in November 1946
Placed out of service and sold, 30 May 1947, to the Nationalist Chinese Board of Supplies
Struck from the Navy Register, 10 June 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 410 t.
Beam 27' 0"
Draft 11' 4"
Speed 12 kts.
Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
one Diesel engine
single propeller, 1,000shp
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||Two of Minooka (YTB-257)s' crew at Buckner Bay after Typhoon Louise had passed over the area, 9 October 1945.
DANFS history entry located at the US Navy 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
Last Updated 3 February 2012
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