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USS Crownblock (YO-48)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Oscar
NBRO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


Bullwheel Class Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Laid down, 27 june 1941, at Basalt Rock Co., Inc., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Crownblock (YO-48), 28 August 1942, LT. A. G. Popkin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Crownblock was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1948, and placed in service at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Reassigned to Naval Station Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959, in support of NORAD stations in around Iceland
  • Towed to Naval Station Norfolk, VA. in July 1960 and placed out of service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 1 July 1977
    Specifications:
    Displacement 950 t.(lt) 1,731 t.(fl)
    Length 235'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 15' (max)
    Speed kts.
    Complement 4 officers, 30 enlisted
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two Enterprise Diesel engines
    two shafts

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    Crownblock 46k USS Crownblock (YO-48) at anchor, date and location unknown. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 41k USS Crownblock (YO-48) at anchor, date and location unknown. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 70k USS Crownblock (YO-48) view looking aft from the foc'sle toward the bridge while underway, date and location unknown. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 90k Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock (YO-48) Golden Dragon Certificate. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 59k USS Crownblock (YO-48) "Bridge Monkey". Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 48k USS Crownblock (YO-48) crew members displaying a shark that they caught. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 81k USS Crownblock (YO-48) crew members displaying a shark that they caught. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 47k USS Crownblock (YO-48) crew members displaying a tuna that they caught. Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    Crownblock 349k USS Crownblock (YO-48) crew "Nookey" ration card. Must have been a WWII thing. I don't think it would go over too big these days.) Michael J. Loudis for his father Michael H. Loudis USS Crownblock
    YO-145 524k From left to right; USS Mississippi (AG-128), the never completed Kentucky (BB-66), YO-145, and Crownblock (YO-48) moored in reserve at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., 24 October 1956. David Buell

    USS Crownblock (YO-48)
    DANFS entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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