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Kalispell (YTB-784)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Uniform - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 14 September 1965, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 13 December 1965
  • Completed, 23 November 1965
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 3 May 1966, and placed in service as Kalispell (YTB-784) in the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, VA.
  • Reassigned to Vietnam, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War Kalispell was assigned Task Force 117, the Mobile Riverine Force and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    10 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970

  • Reassigned to Naval Base Subic Bay Republic of the Philippines in January 1970
  • Reassigned to Naval Support Activity Diego Garcia, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 February 2002
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 May 2005
  • Kalispell (YTB-784) earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Kalispell 72k Kalispell (YTB-784) moored outboard of another YTB [probably Winnemucca (YTB-785)] alongside APL-26 on the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, circa May to September 1969 Earl (Buddy) Wilson, BMC USN, USCG Ret
    Kalispell 14k Kalispell (YTB-784) towing APL-26 on the My Tho River, South Vietnam, date unknown. Earl (Buddy) Wilson, BMC USN, USCG Ret
    Kalispell 193k Kalispell (YTB-784) pushes against the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) as she guides the carrier into her berth.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-89-10551 by PH1 Morris D.P. Flynn, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo

    Kalispell (YTB-784)
    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
    Brownwater Navy
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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