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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Steel-Hulled Fuel Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Laid down by United Dry Docks, Inc., Brooklyn NY (YN 831), 10 November 1933
  • Launched, 27 December 1933
  • Delivered to Studerus Transportation Co., New York, NY as motor tanker Studerus (ON 233875), May 1935
  • Lengthened from 61.7' to 105.7' and renamed Lobo, 1936
  • Sold to Lobo Corporation, New York, NY, name retained, 1939
  • Sold to Van Zandt Petroleum Carriers, Pearl River, NY, 1941
  • Purchased by the US Navy for $55,000, intended for Guam service, 11 March 1941
  • Placed in service as YO-52 in late spring of 1941
  • Departed New York under tow of Sagamore (AT-20), 09 July 1941
  • Departed Norfolk, 19 August 1941
  • Arrived Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 28 August 1941
  • Departed Guantanamo under tow of Nitro (AE-2), 08 October 1941
  • Arrived San Diego via Panama Canal, about 25 October 1941
  • Allocated to the 11th Naval District, served at San Diego, 1941-1946
  • Placed out of service, 03 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Sold by WSA, 21 January 1947
  • Renamed Motorchief, operated by California Ship Service Co., San Pedro, CA (later renamed California Salvage Co.), as a tank barge
  • Dismantled 1960
    Displacement 184 gross tons
    Length 105' 10"
    Beam 21'
    Draft 9'10"
    Cargo Capacity 2,619 Bbls
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two Fairbanks-Morse Model 36 4-cylinder diesels, 80hp each

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    YO-52 160k YO-52 moored at New York, probably at Brooklyn's Marine Basin prior to undergoing conversion for naval service, 23 April 1941.
    National Archives photos 19-N-23971, 19-N-23972 and 19-N-23973
    Mike Green
    YO-52 183k
    YO-52 217k

    There is no DANFS history record for YO-52 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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