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Pitamakan (YTM-403)
Pitamakan (YTB-403) (1945 - 1962)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Sassaba Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 6 November 1944, as YTB-403 at Gibbs Gas Engine Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
  • Launched, 29 June 1945
  • Delivered to the Navy and placed in service, as Pitamakan (YTB-403) in 1945
  • Initially allocated to the 13th Naval District at Seattle, WA.
  • Reallocated to the 12th Naval District at Mare Island Navy Yard, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR. in March 1946
  • Withdrawn from reserve and allocated to the 8th Naval District at Charleston, S.C. in July 1953
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-403 in February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 July 1981
    Displacement 345 t.
    Length 100'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 11'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Diesel engine
    single propeller, 1,200shp
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    Tuna 491k Pitamakan (YTB-403) alongside USS Tuna (SS-203) off Mare Island, 22 September 1945. Photo from the edition of the Vallejo Times-Herald. Sperry Mill is located directly across the Napa River from Mare Island and the housing on the hill to the left is federal housing built in late1941. US Navy photo by Bill Platt, Vallejo Times-Herald staff photographer, courtesy of Darryl Baker & CAPT. Bob Decesari, USNR - CO, Navsea Unit 103.
    Pitamakan 46k Panameta (YTB-402) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy, Rudy Williamson, Darryl L. Baker and Paul Smith .
    Robert Hurst

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