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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

YW-83 Class Self-propelled Water Barge:
  • Laid down, 1 September 1944, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 16 January 1945
  • Placed in service as YW-105, at Mare Island, 10 May 1945, Chief Bosn Thomas H. Vitaich, in charge
  • During World War II YW-105 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II YW-106 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 September 1945 to 8 July 1946 
    11 July 1946 - 8 March 194911 July 1946 to 8 March 1949
    14 to 18 March 1949 

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, 27 September 1974 to Gulf Metals, Corp., Miami, FL., for $31,555.35
    Displacement 440 t.(lt), 1282 t.(fl)
    Length 174'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 13' (max.)
    Speed unknown
    Cargo Capacity 200,000 Gals
    Complement 1 officer 20 enlisted
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion General Motors Diesel engine, single screw, 640shp

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    YW-105 179k Bow view of YW-105 on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 145-44.
    Darryl Baker
    YW-105 213k Stern view of YW-105 on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 146-44.
    Darryl Baker
    YW-105 43k Broadside view of YW-105 immediately after her launching at Mare Island, 16 January 1945. YTL-95 is assisting YW 105 to her outfitting berth.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 447-44.
    Darryl Baker
    YW-105 91k Chief Bosn Thomas H. Vitaich, Officer in Charge, accepts command of YW-105 at her activation ceremony, 10 May 1945.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3479-44.
    Darryl Baker
    YW-105 187k YW-105 underway at Pearl Harbor, HI. in 1965.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec

    There is no DANFS history available for YW-105 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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