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YHB-17 (1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Tango - Echo
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 201)
  • Completed for Frederick E. Kingston, New Haven, CT as the houseboat yacht Memory (ON 229211), 1929
  • Sold to Philip H. Johnson, Philadelphia, PA, renamed West Wind, 1931
  • Sold to Lela H. Edwards, Pittsburgh, PA, renamed Lela, 1938
  • Acquisition directed, 17 August 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy at Daytona Beach, FL as Yard Houseboat YHB-17, 09 September 1942
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary YAG-21, 28 September 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Miami Shipbuilding Co., Miami, FL
  • Placed in service at Miami, 31 December 1942
  • Operated during World War II out of Key West, supplying small outlying bases in the Caribbean
  • Grounded and lost on American Shoals (24° 32' 48" N 81° 24' 06"W), near Key West, FL, 02 March 1945
  • YTM-349, YTL-231 and salvage barge YC-795 were unable to free her, but salvaged the main engine, auxiliaries, guns, and cargo before salvage operation were discontinued, 10 March 1945.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1945
    Displacement 157 gross tons
    Length 92' (101' overall)
    Beam 20.0'
    Draft 8.7'
    Speed unknown
    Cargo Capacity
    10 tons refigerated
    10 tons chill
    115 tons bale cargo
    3,000 gallons water

    Complement unknown
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion diesel, 400hp

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    YAG-21 94k YAG-21 aground on American Shoals near Key West, Florida, 04 March 1945. The vessel became a total loss.
    National Archives photos 80-G-387492/387494
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    YAG-21 88k
    YAG-21 107k

    There is no DANFS history available for YHB-17 / YAG-21 at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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