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Derrick (YO-59)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Derrick (YO-59) was transferred to South Korea

YO-55 Class Fuel Oil Barge (Non-self-propelled):
  • Built by RTC Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ (YN 142)
  • Laid down, 15 June 1942
  • Launched, 21 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Derrick (YO-59), 02 February 1943, LT William W. Morphew, USNR, commanding
  • During World War II Derrick was assigned to Service Forces, Pacific Fleet
  • Mostly operated in New Guinea waters, 1943 - 1945
  • Postwar operated in Chinese waters, based at Shanghai, October 1945 - 1946
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, 17 June 1947
  • Assigned to the 14th Naval District, June 1949
  • Reallocated to Commander, Service Forces Pacific
  • Participated in operation "Passport to Freedom," 09 September to 19 November 1954
  • Placed out of service and leased to the Republic of Korea, 05 October 1955
  • Commisioned in Republic of Korean Navy as ROKS Baegyeon [백연] (YO-5), 14 October 1955
  • Renamed Hwacheon [화천], 06 December 1955
  • Renumbered AO-5, 1973
  • Renumbered AO-52, June 1978
  • Sold outright to South Korea, July 1975
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1980
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 393 tons
    Length 235' 0"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 15'
    Speed 10 knots
    Cargo Capacity 10,000 gallons
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel

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    74k Derrick (YO-59), location unknown, 1944.
    Australian War Memorial photo AWM302583
    John Chiquoine

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Washington Morphew, D-V(G) USNR02 February 1943 - ????
    02LT William G. Brown, D-V(G) USNR(March 1944)
    03LT Bruce Irwin Ifft, D-V(G) USNR(September 1944)
    04LT(jg) Robert Stott Herrmann, D-V(G) USNR(March 1945)
    05LT Robert Louis Royal, USN(July 1945)
    06LT(jg) Samuel Wade Secrest, USNR(January 1946)
    07LT Zaven Mukhalian, USNR(July 1946)
    07ENS Robert Harold Lillevick, D-V(G) USNR(October 1946)

    View the Derrick (YO-59)
    DANFS entry located at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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