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Sandcaster (YM-31)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Juliet - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Dredge (Self-propelled)
  • Built by Soule Steel Co., San Francisco CA
  • Laid down, 29 September 1943
  • Launched, 13 July 1944
  • Completed as Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-64, 15 July 1944
  • Initially assigned to Fourteenth Naval District at Pearl Harbor
  • Transferred to Ulithi, February 1945
  • Towed from Ulithi to Kerama Retto, Okinawa by Extricate (ARS-16), 22-29 June 1945
  • Assigned to Fourteenth Naval District through 1955
  • Assigned to Service Craft Unit 1 (diving school) at Pearl, 1958
  • Converted to a Dredge and redesignated YM-31, 1968
  • Name Sandcaster assigned, 14 December 1968
  • Mined on Cua Viet River, Vietnam (7 foreign crew killed), 25 February 1971
  • Salvaged by Australian Clearance Diving Team 3
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 01 September 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrap, 21 February 1973
    Displacement 240 tons (lt) 270 tons (fl)
    Length 104'
    Beam 31' 2"
    Draft 4'
    Lifting Capacity 10 tons
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 15
    two Superior Diesel engines
    two propellers, 640shp
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    YSD-64 188k YSD-64 transporting a replacement TBM Avenger to Yorktown (CV-10) at Ulithi, 05 March 1945.
    National Archives photo 80-G-314905
    Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large
    YSD-64 133k YSD-64 underway at Pearl Harbor, date unknown. Mike Murphy
    Oneyana 201k YSD-64 supporting navy divers efforts to raise Oneyana (YTB-262) from the harbor floor. Apparently she sunk at her moorings at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, date unknown. Mike Murphy
    YSD-64 389k Sandcaster (YM-31) removing shoals on the Cua Viet River, Vietnam, circa 1969. Photo from South East Asia: Building the Bases by Richard Tregaskis Dave Wright

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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