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Tlingit (YTM-497)
Tlingit (YTB-497) (1945 - 1962)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Sassaba Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 15 December 1944 at Ira S. Bushey and Sons, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched in early 1945
  • Delivered and placed in service, 21 August 1945, as Tlingit (YTB-497) allocated to the New York Navy Yard
  • Reassigned to the Pacific Fleet, at Pearl Harbor
  • Reassigned to Far East duty in the summer of 1946 for China service from 11 July 1946 to 20 June 1947
  • Placed out of service on the west coast, 31 March 1948, laid up as part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Puget Sound Navy Yard
  • Reactivated, 17 November 1950, for service in the 17th Naval District
  • Assigned to Naval Station Kodiak, Alaska, from February 1951 to May 1957
  • Reassigned to the 12th Naval District at San Francisco in May 1957
  • Reclassified as Medium Harbor Tug YTM-497 in February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1963
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 240 t.
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 10
    Armament one .50 Cal Machine Gun
    Propulsion Diesel engine, single propeller

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    Tlingit 97k Tlingit (YTB-497) as seen from YO-77 while in a 10-ship convoy from Tsingtao, China to Guam in June 1947. Tlingit was coming alongside YO-77 to pick up a sick or injured seaman to transfer him to USS Cree (ATF-84), which was the lead ship and the only one with any kind of medical facilities. Photo courtesy of Herbert Jordan US Navy Harbor Tug Boats Robert Hurst
    Tlingit 100k Tlingit (YTB-497) alongside and unidentified ship, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tug Boats
    Robert Hurst

    View the Tlingit (YTB-497 / YTM-497)
    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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