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USS George Eastman (YAG-39)
YAG-39 (1953 - 1962)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - November - Sierra
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National Defense Service Medal

  • Laid down, 24 March 1943, as SS George Eastman, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1104), at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 20 April 1943
  • Delivered under charter from War Shipping Administration (WSA) to Pacific-Atlantic Steamship Co., Vancouver, WA., 5 May 1943
  • Laid up, 24 June 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA.
  • Reactivated and chartered to Pacific Far East Line, Inc., San Francisco, 24 December 1951
  • Custody transferred by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 2 June 1952, to the US Navy at Suisun Bay
  • Acquired by the US Navy 2 April 1953
  • Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft YAG-39 in May 1953
  • Placed in service, 28 October 1953, at San Francisco, CA., LCDR. Hugh W. Anglin in command
  • Placed out of service from June until February 1955 at San Francisco
  • Placed in service, May 1955
  • Placed out of service, 21 October 1957
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group, 1 November 1957
  • Reactivated and commissioned USS George Eastman (YAG-39) at San Francisco, 20 October 1962, LCDR. William G. Sternberg in command
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 15 June 1976, at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 June 1976, to Levin Metals Corporation
    Displacement 3,890 t.(lt) 11,600 t.(fl)
    Length 442'"
    Beam 57'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 100
    Armament none
    Propulsion reciprocating steam engine, single shaft, 1,950shp

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    George Eastman 48k George Eastman (YAG-39) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    George Eastman 204k Broadside view of George Eastman (YAG-39) off Mare Island, 12 November 1953.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 9312-11-53, 11/12/53
    Darryl Baker
    George Eastman 320k George Eastman (YAG-39) underway, date and location unknown. Stan Svec
    George Eastman 88k George Eastman (YAG-39) underway inbound via the Golden Gate at San Francisco, date unknown. David Nixon
    George Eastman 1987k Broadside view of George Eastman (YAG-39) underway outbound via the Golden Gate at San Francisco in 1956. George Eastman had been recently refitted at Mare Island Naval Shipyard with collector dishes and other equipment used for nuclear testing in the South Pacific Charles Leeuwenburg QM3 George Eastman
    George Eastman 113k George Eastman (YAG-39) General Mess Christmas 1955 Dinner Menu Charles Leeuwenburg QM3 George Eastman
    George Eastman 80k
    George Eastman 193k Newspaper article about George Eastman (YAG-39)'s service during nuclear bomb testing. in the South Pacific Charles Leeuwenburg QM3 George Eastman
    George Eastman 720k Ships in reserve at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. in 1967. From left to right:
    USS Carmick (DD-493),
    USS Stafford (DE-411),
    Unidentified Non Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APL)
    USS Pelias (AS-14)
    USS George Eastman (YAG-39)
    Unidentified Destroyer or Destroyer Escort and two unidentified Self-propelled Oil Barges YOs.
    ©Richard Leonhardt

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