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YHB-15 (1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Self-propelled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Built by Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ (YN 210)
  • Completed and jointly owned by the four brothers who founded Mills Novelty Co. of Chicago,a major vending machine manufacturer, as the houseboat yacht Minoco (ON 230414), 1930
  • Sold to Walter P. Murphy, Jacksonville, FL, renamed Idyl, 1940
  • Acquisition directed, 17 August 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy as Yard Houseboat YHB-15, 11 September 1942
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary YAG-20, 28 September 1942
  • Converted for Naval service by Gibbs Gas Engine, Jacksonville, FL
  • Placed in service at Jacksonville, 20 November 1942
  • Operated during World War II out of Key West, supplying small outlying bases in the Caribbean
  • Placed out of service at Section Base, Port Everglades, FL, (replaced in her duty by YF-443), 08 February 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 July 1944
  • Sold for $15,500 to Edward P. McCarthy, Miami, FL, 05 February 1945
  • Transferred to Honduran registry, 1945
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 165 gross tons, 128 net tons
    Length 98' 5"
    Beam 20' 0"
    Draft 8' 8"
    Speed unknown
    Cargo Capacity
    10 tons refigerated
    10 tons chill
    110 tons bale cargo
    3,500 gallons water

    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion diesel, 400hp

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    YAG-20 46k Painting of Minoco by Joe Selby, circa 1930. Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-20 at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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