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USS Kohi (YAG-27)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Self-propelled Wooden-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed 1911 as deck scow Cead-mile-failte (Gaelic for "a hundred thousand welcomes") by G.T. Niccol, Auckland, NZ for Capt. Somerville
  • Sold in 1914 to James and William Biddick, renamed Kohi
  • Sold in 1941 to Tasman Bay Shipping, Co. Ltd.
  • Acquired by the US Navy under reverse Lend-Lease from the New Zealand government, 17 November 1942
  • Designated District Miscellaneous Auxiliary and commissioned USS Kohi (YAG-27) at Auckland, New Zealand the same day
  • USS Kohi was assigned to Task Force 35, South Pacific Service Force and operated out of Auckland
  • Decommissioned at Auckland, NZ, and returned to the New Zealand government, 14 March 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 March 1944
  • Sold in 1945 to Eckford Shipping Co., Blenheim, NZ
  • Sold in 1948 to Parry Brothers, Auckland, NZ
  • Sold, date unknown, to Sullivan Shipping Co.
  • Reported in 1975 as in use as a derelict landing at Westhaven Inlet south of Cape Farewell on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand
  • Still at Westhaven into 2008
    Displacement 99 gross tons
    Length 92' 6"
    Beam 27' 6"
    Draft 4' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 12
    one .50 cal. machine gun
    two Diesel engines
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    Kohi 418k USS Kohi (YAG-27) moored pierside at Auckland, NZ in November 1942 Warren Aldous
    Kohi 105k USS Kohi (YAG-27) anchored off Noumea, New Caledonia, date unknown Warren Aldous
    Kohi 94k USS Kohi (YAG-27) unloading barrels of fuel, date unknown Warren Aldous
    Kohi 143k USS Kohi (YAG-27)'s .50 cal machine gun Warren Aldous
    Kohi 625k USS Kohi (YAG-27) crew at Auckland NZ in November 1942 Warren Aldous
    Kohi 199k USS Kohi (YAG-27) crew members MoMM1/c Vito 'Art' Marinelli and GM3/c Neil J. McKenzie, October 1942, Auckland, NZ. Art Marinelli joined the Kohi after he survived the sinking of USS Wasp (CV-7). Another crew member, EM2/c Robert E. King, survived sinking of USS Quincy (CA-39) before joining the Kohi crew. Most of the crew were off the ships sunk in September 1942. Warren Aldous
    Kohi 129k USS Kohi (YAG-27) moored, date and location unknown Warren Aldous

    USS Kohi (YAG-27)
    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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