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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YO-65 Class Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Smith Shipyards, Pensacola, FL (YN 117)
  • Laid down, 01 January 1944
  • Launched, 03 October 1944
  • Placed in service, 23 April 1945
  • Sailed from San Diego to Pearl Harbor with Picket (ACM-8) and Topawa (YTB-419), 09-21 June 1945
  • Sailed from Pearl to Eniwetok, 30 June - 13 July 1945
  • Assigned to ComServDiv 102 in Marshall Islands, 1945-1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Sacramento, CA, 1946 - 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 August 1951
  • Registered to Lake Tankers Corp., Wilmington, DE, as Lake Edward (ON 266684), 1953
  • Registered to National Marine Service, Inc., Wilmington, DE, 1964
  • Registered to Penn Machine Corporation, Wilmington, DE, 1966
  • Sold to Esco Dredge and Fill Corp., Erie, PA, renamed J.S. St. John, 1967
  • Converted to san dredge at Erie, winter 1967-1968
  • Registered to Erie Sand and Gravel Co. (managed by the Erie Sand Steamship Co.), Erie, PA, 1968
  • Active on Lake Erie as of 2022
    Displacement 440 tons (lt) 1390 tons (fl)
    Length 174'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 13' (max.)
    Complement 1 officer, 22 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    92k Stern view of sand dredge J.S. St. John in the Great Lakes area, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy BGSU Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    128k J.S. St. John underway off Erie, PA, 28 June 2022. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Bruce Irwin Ifft, D-V(G) USNR23 April 1945 - ????

    There is no DANFS history available for YO-178 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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