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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

Gasoline Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA
  • Laid down, 15 December 1943
  • Launched, 23 February 1944
  • Delivered to the US Navy and placed in service as Gasoline Barge (self-propelled) YOG-72, 16 November 1944
  • Sailed from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor in convoy of other yard craft, 23 December 1944 - January 1945
  • Deaprted Pearl for Eniwetok in convoy, 21 January 1945
  • Supported Iwo Jima operations by supplying aviation gasoline from Saipan, March - May 1945
  • At close of hostilities was stationed at Buckner Bay, Okinawa
  • Remained in Western Pacific postwar, stationed at Guam during 1950s
  • Redesignated Fuel Barge (self-propelled) YO-257, circa 1962
  • YO-257 was loaned to the US Coast Guard from 16 September to 12 November 1963
  • While assigned to the Coast Guard YO-257 supported the establishment of a LORAN A-C Station at Yap in the Western Caroline Islands
    YO-257 wasn't equipped to take on the 400 mile trip from Guam to Yap. No radar or other navigational equipment was on board. Each afternoon a plane would fly over and give the ship any course corrections needed. The rear gun mount was sealed and a shower head installed. Since the ship could only carry enough water for drinking, rainwater was relied on to replenish the gun tub water supply for showers. YO-257 carried water based asphalt to be used for a runway for planes servicing the new LORAN A-C Station. In order for the crew to have lockers and bunks, they were removed from other ships mothballed at Guam.
  • Placed out of service at Naval Station Guam, circa 12 November 1963
  • Reactivated and assigned to Naval Station Subic Bay, during 1960s
    [Per decklog entry of Thursday 4 January 1968 for USS Orleck (DD-882)]
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1980
  • Sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, August 1982
  • Purchased by Atlantis Submarines Hawaii, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, reefed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, near Waikiki, 1989
    Displacement 440 tons (lt) 1,390 tons (fl)
    Length 174'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 13'
    Speed unknown
    Cargo Capacity 6,570 barrels
    Complement 1 Officer, 22 Enlisted
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    General Motors Diesel engine, single screw, 640shp
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    55k YO-257 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    34k YO-257 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    225k YO-257 under way, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    82k YO-257 moored to a buoy in Yap Harbor, Caroline Islands in 1963, probably during the period when the Navy loaned her to the Coast Guard. YO-257 was being used to haul emulsified asphalt to Yap to pave the original dirt runway built by the Japanese. Bryan Fisher courtesy Fred Goodwin
    79k YO-257 moored at the fuel piers, NSD Subic Bay during the Vietham conflict. Also present are YOG-61, an unidentified YON, and Caliente (AO-53). The civilian tanker Overseas Rebecca is morred behind the yard craft.
    Photo from the Navy Supply Corps Newsletter, November/December 1990.
    Blade Shepherd-Jones
    563k The former YO-257 reefed off the coast of Oahu, near Waikiki. Photo by Blade Shepherd-Jones
    170k The former YO-257 reefed off the coast of Oahu, near Waikiki, 08 March 2014. Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01BOAT Judge Lester Russell USN(March 1945)

    There is no DANFS history available for YOG-72 / YO-257 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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