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USAS Major J. R. Wessely (FS-80) (1942 - 1944)
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
Launched 10 April 1912 as the whaler Unimak by John F. Duthie & Co., Seattle WA (ON 209710) for Alaska Whaling Co.
Sold in 1914 to Pacific Sea Products Co., name retained
Sold, date unknown, to American Pacific Whaling Co., Seattle, WA, name retained
Acquired by the US Army in 1942, renamed USAS Major J. R. Wessely (FS-80)
Declared excess to needs by the US Army, October 1944
Transferred to the US Navy, 18 November 1944
Placed in service as YAG-33, 22 November 1944
Stationed at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, WA, 1944-45
Placed out of service, 02 October 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
Sold back to American Pacific Whaling, 10 September 1946
Final Disposition, abandoned 1949
Displacement 146 gross tons
Beam 19' 2"
Draft 12' 4"
one single shaft triple expansion steam engine
one propeller, 350shp
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||As Unimak, date unknown. Photo courtesy Puget Sound Maritme Historical Society
||Major Joseph Rudolph Wessely (20 December 1887-29 December 1932), QMC, US Army. Wessely was murdered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, along with his wife and another couple, by a crazed soldier who was upset over being demoted. The soldier was subsequently shot and killed by a provost guard.
The Army named FS-80 in his honor.
There is no DANFS history available for YAG-33 at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 29 May 2015
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