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Wapello (YNT-24)
ex
Wapello (YN-56) (1941-1942)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Lima
NBRL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


  • Laid down, date unknown, as the tug R. K. Evans at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., General Motors Corp., Cleveland, OH.
  • Completed, April 1941
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 June 1941, renamed Wapello (YN-56)
  • Placed in service 9 June 1941
  • Wapello was at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  • Reclassified YNT-24, 7 April 1942
  • Placed out of service, 23 October 1946, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 November 1946
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 3 May 1947
  • Sold in May 1947 for commercial service, renamed Anna Coppedge
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Colorado Point
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Creole Firme
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Island No.1 re-flagged Panamanian
  • Renamed Gorgona II, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, wrecked from a ship crushing her in one of the Panama Canal Lochs, date unknown, towed Miraflores Lake where she sunk
  • Wapello earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    Length 102' 2"
    Beam 24' 0"
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed
    Complement
    Armament
    Propulsion
    one General Motors DE Diesel engine
    single propeller, 650shp
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    Wapello (YN-56) / (YNt-24)
    Wapello 69k Wapello (YN-56) on builders dock, stern view, date and place unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 69k Wapello (YN-56) on the builders dock, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., port bow view, date unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 88k Wapello (YN-56) underway, probably near Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., around the time of her delivery in June 1941.
    Cleveland Diesel (G.M.) brochure, loose pages held by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (CUP, L-file), Photo No. None
    Mike Green
    Wapello 58k Wapello (YN-56) on builders dock, Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., starboard bow view, date unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 53k Wapello (YN-56) rough log for, 7 December 1941, Pearl Harbor. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Commercial Service
    Wapello 85k This photo is believed to be ex-Gorgona II, ex -Wapello (YNt-24) partially sunk in Miraflores Lake, Panama, date unknown. A Panama Society photo. Larry R Wendell, Jr.

    Wapello (YN-56 / YNT-24)
    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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