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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation - Gallantry - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YW-83 Class Self-propelled Water Barge:
  • Laid down in 1945 at Lethem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched in 1945
  • Placed in service as YW-126 in 1945
  • During the Vietnam War YW-126 was homeported at the US Naval Combat and Logistics Base at Cat Lo, South Vietnam supplying water to the various units in the delta and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February 1969 to 8 June 1969
    Consolidation II
    1 December 1971 to 29 February 1972
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1988
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 4 December 2001
    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
    one General Motors Diesel engine
    single propeller, 640shp

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    YW-126 112k YW-126 underway, probably in the Great Lakes during builders trials in 1945.
    Photo from Bowling Green University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    YW-126 93k YW-126 moored at Nha Be, South Vietnam, June 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    YW-126 61k YW-126 moored at Nha Be, South Vietnam, November 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    YW-126 80k YW-126 moored at Nha Be, South Vietnam, November 1971. © Richard Leonhardt

    There is no DANFS history available for YW-126 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association

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