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USS Taupata (YAG-26)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 5 April 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Self-propelled Wooden-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed 1930 as Taupata (ON 153923) by G.T. Niccol, Auckland, NZ for Anchor Shipping & Foundry Co., Nelson, NZ
  • Acquired by the US Navy under reverse Lend-Lease from the New Zealand government, 10 November 1942
  • Designated District Miscellaneous Auxiliary and commissioned USS Taupata (YAG-26) at Auckland, New Zealand the same day
  • During World War II USS Taupata was assigned to Service Squadron, South Pacific Force (DANFS incorrectly says she served at Pearl Harbor)
  • Decommissioned at Auckland, 24 April 1944, and returned to Anchor Shipping & Foundry Co., Nelson, N.Z.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 May 1944
  • Sold in 1949 to Pearl Kasper Shipping Co., Nelson NZ
  • Sold in 1962 to Coastal Services (Motueka) Ltd., Nelson, NZ
  • Damaged by fire in 1965, laid up and offered for sale
  • Sold in February 1967 for use as a mother ship for crayfishing in the Seychelle Islands
  • Departed from Lyttelton, New Zealand, 16 May 1967, for the Seychelle Islands after completing refit
  • Sold in 1971 to Taupata Fishing Corp. Port Moresby, PNG
  • Listed in Lloyd's Supplement as operating as a pleasure craft, June 1980
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 268 gross tons
    Length 117' 6"
    Beam 26' 2"
    Draft 6' 8"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    twin 8-cylinder Fairbanks Morse Diesel engines
    two propellers, 140shp
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    USS Taupata (YAG-26)
    Taupata 46k USS Taupata (YAG-26) moored pierside at Auckland, New Zealand, in May 1943. USS Taupata was taken in tow by USS Coucal (ASR-8) at Havannah Harbor, Efate Island on 12 May 1943 and joined up with USS Awahou (YAG-24) under tow of USS Bobolink (AT-131). Together they were convoyed to Auckland escorted by USS Talbot (APD-7) and USS Taganak (AG-45). R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Taupata 78k USS Taupata (YAG-26) crew photo on upper deck, in the sweater is BOSN William H. Yeans, Executive Officer, at right-last row in t-shirt: William W. “Bill” Bassett, just left of mast behind Yearns - head with USN cap: BM2c Michael R."Boats" Goddard, far left with arms folded: S1/c "P.J." Paul J. Woods, next to him on his left, S1/c Frank M. Douglas. Dates: March to May 1943 and location may be New Zealand. R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Taupata 65k USS Taupata (YAG-26)'s Executive Officer, BOSN William H. Yeans R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Taupata 274k USS Taupata (YAG-26) crew members, P.J., BM2c Michael R. "Boats" Goddard, and S1/c Frank M. Douglas. R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Taupata 73k USS Taupata (YAG-26) crew member BM2c Michael R. "Boats" Goddard. R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Taupata 305k USS Taupata (YAG-26) Commanding Officer, LT(jg) Paul E. Dossey's wedding, 20 Oct 1943 at Domain Tea Kiosk. unknown location, William W.Bassett, Washborn next to him, Vince Little (civilian), Michael R. Goddard and Ernest B. Christson. R. Smokey Bassett, MSgt, USAF (ret)
    Commercial Service
    Taupata 62k Ex-USS Taupata (YAG-26) underway as MV Taupata probably for the Pearl Kasper Shipping Co. of Nelson New Zealand, at the Port of Kaiapoi, New Zealand, sometime between mid-March 1961 and May 1962. Photo courtesy of D. Ball with permission from David Shepherd webmaster New Zealand Coastal Shipping

    USS Taupata (YAG-26)
    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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