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USS Mindoro (YAG-15) (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Alpha - Sierra
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

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed August 1921 by Krupp Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany (YN 323) as three-masted barkentine schooner Kallisto for Anschutz & Co., Kiel
  • Sold in 1923 to Nederlandsche Technische Handel Mij "Giro", The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sold in 1925 to William W. Near, London, England (British ON 148596)
  • Sold in 1930 to famous Western novelist Zane Grey, renamed Fisherman II
  • In 1931 received a $300,000 refit that nearly bankrupted Grey
  • Sailed to Fiji in aborted round the world trip, March-July 1931; vessel was too bad a roller, a problem the Navy would experience as well
  • Sold in 1935 to W.R. Dobbs, San Pedro, CA, converted to a cargo vessel (ON 234179)
  • Purchased by the Navy for $98,600 from the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Co., San Pedro, CA, 30 July 1942
  • Converted for naval service at a cost of $72,168 by Craig Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA
  • Renamed Mindoro (YAG-15), 22 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Mindoro (YAG-15), 6 January 1943 at Long Beach, CA, Lt. William K. Gillett, D-V(S) USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Mindoro served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • The name Mindoro was withdrawn from YAG-15, 1 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 04 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 October 1946, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown - last trace at Los Angeles in 1951
    Displacement 446 gross tons
    Length 156.2' (183.5' overall)
    Beam 28.5'
    Draft 15.9'
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement 25
    one single 6-pdr. gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge projectors
    Propulsion two Washington 6-cylinder diesels, 450bhp

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    YAG-12 265k As Fisherman II, circa 1931. Dave Wright
    YAG-12 33k USS Mindoro (YAG-15) underway off San Pedro, 08 January 1943. Stan Svec

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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