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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"
one .50 cal. machine gun
two Diesel engines
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||USS Kohi (YAG-27) moored pierside at Auckland, NZ in November 1942
||USS Kohi (YAG-27) anchored off Noumea, New Caledonia, date unknown
||USS Kohi (YAG-27) unloading barrels of fuel, date unknown
||USS Kohi (YAG-27)'s .50 cal machine gun
||USS Kohi (YAG-27) crew at Auckland NZ in November 1942
||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.
||USS Kohi (YAG-27) moored, date and location unknown
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
Last Updated 18 May 2015
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