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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Fuel Oil Barge (Non-Self-propelled):
  • Built in 1939, at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding, Sparrows Point, MD., for the Mobil Oil Co.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service by Mobil Oil Co. as SS Mobilube
  • Torpedoed off Australia in 1943, disabling her engine
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 5 July 1943, designated floating oil storage facility YON-164
  • During World War II YON-164 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 488' 4"
    Beam 68' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Machinery, unknown

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    YO-164 67k SS Mobilube underway soon after completion in 1939. Note the Mobil flying horse stack marking. SS Mobilube took a torpedo in her engine room off Australia in January 1943 and was acquired by the US Navy for use as a floating oil storage facility under the Navy designation YON-164. The tanker was restored to full service as a tanker after World War II.
    Photo courtesy The Steamship Historical Society of America
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for YON-163 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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