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USS Awahou (YAG-24)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Self-propelled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed in 1912 as the twin-screw steamer Awahou (ON 121389) by Fullerton and Co., Paisley, Scotland (YN 222), for Levin & Co., Wellington, NZ
  • Sold in 1930 to Richardson & Co. Ltd., Wellington, NZ
  • Acquired by the US Navy under reverse Lend-Lease from the New Zealand government, 04 November 1942
  • Designated District Miscellaneous Auxiliary and commissioned USS Awahou (YAG-24) at Auckland, New Zealand the same day
  • During World War II USS Awahou was assigned to the South Pacific Theater, Service Squadron Eight operating in the Guadalcanal area
  • Decommissioned and returned to the New Zealand government, 28 March 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 08 April 1944
  • Assigned to the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific in 1944
  • Sold in 1949 to Union Manufacturing & Export Co., Suva
  • Sold in 1950 to Tony Carr, Sydney NSW
  • Sold in 1952 to Carr Shipping & Trading Co., Sydney NSW
  • Final Disposition, reported missing after distress signal 60 miles west of Lord Howe Island on passage Sydney for Lord Howe Island, 10 September 1952. No trace of her or her crew ever found
    Specifications:
    Displacement 410 gross tons
    Length 146'
    Beam 25' 1"
    Draft 9' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 3 officers, 24 enlisted men
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two Fairbanks-Morse 12-cylinder diesels, twin propellers, 51nhp

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    YAG-24 75k Awahou moored at Sydney, Australia, date unknown. Dave Wright

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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