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Minooka (YTB-257)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Tango - November
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 19453 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.
    Length 110'
    Beam 27' 0"
    Draft 11' 4"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    one Diesel engine
    single propeller, 1,000shp
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    Minooka 130k Two of Minooka (YTB-257)s' crew at Buckner Bay after Typhoon Louise had passed over the area, 9 October 1945. Donn Cuson

    Minooka (YTB-257)
    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

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