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YO-257
ex
YOG-72


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Foxtrot
NDPF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Gasoline Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Laid down, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Navy and placed in service as YOG-72, date unknown
  • Redesignated Fuel Barge (self-propelled) YO-257, date unknown
  • Assigned to Naval Station Guam
  • YO-257 was loaned to the US Coast Guard from 16 September to 12 November 12, 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, circa 12 November 1963, at Naval Station Guam
  • Reactivated, date unknown and assigned to Naval Station Subic Bay
    [Per decklog entry of Thursday 4 January 1968 for USS Orleck (DD-882)]
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for scrapping, 1 August 1982, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • Final Disposition, reefed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, near Waikiki
    Specifications:
    Displacement 440 t.(lt) 1,390 t.(fl)
    Length 174'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 13'
    Speed unknown
    Cargo Capacity 6,570 Bbls
    Complement 1 Officer, 22 Enlisted
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    General Motors Diesel engine, single screw, 640shp
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    YOG-72 55k YO-257 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    YOG-72 34k YO-257 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    YOG-72 225k YO-257 under way, date and location unknown. Fred O. Robson
    YOG-72 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
    YOG-72 563k Ex-YO-257 reefed off the coast of Oahu, near Waikiki. Photo by Blade Shepherd-Jones
    YOG-72 170k Ex-YO-257 reefed off the coast of Oahu, near Waikiki, 8 March 2014. Richard Leonhardt
    YOG-72 110k

    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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