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YHB-17 (1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Tango - Echo
NKTE
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:
  • Completed in 1929 as the houseboat yacht Memory (ON 229211) by Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ (YN 201) for Frederick E. Kingston, New Haven, CT
  • Sold to Philip H. Johnson, Philadelphia, PA and renamed West Wind, 1931
  • Sold to Lela H. Edwards, Pittsburgh, PA and renamed Lela, 1938
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 157 gross tons
    Length 92' (101' overall)
    Beam 20.0'
    Draft 8.7'
    Speed unknown
    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, 4 March 1945. The vessel became a total loss.
    US National Archives photos # 80-G-387492, # 80-G-387493, # 80-G-387494, US Navy photos now in
    the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    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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