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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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
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)
Beam 31' 2"
Lifting Capacity 10 tons
two Superior Diesel engines
two propellers, 640shp
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||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 underway at Pearl Harbor, date unknown.
||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.
||Sandcaster (YM-31) removing shoals on the Cua Viet River, Vietnam, circa 1969. Photo from South East Asia: Building the Bases by Richard Tregaskis
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