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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) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (13) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YW-128 was transferred to Peru in 1980
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-128 in 1945
  • YW-128 was assigned to service in Japan, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War YW-128 was assigned to the Naval Support Activity Danang and participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1967 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation II
    1 December 1971 to 29 February 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February 1969 to 8 June 1969

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, to Peru, 28 January 1980
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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 122k YW-128 ready for launching at Lethem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., date unknown.
    Photo from Bowling Green University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    YW-101 150k YW-128 moored outboard of YW-101 as they take on water at Naval Base Sasebo, Japan while taking on water in September 1954. David Buell
    YW-101 198k YW-128 moored outboard of YW-101 as they take on water at Naval Base Sasebo, Japan while taking on water in September 1954. David Buell

    There is no DANFS history available for YW-128 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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