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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Ambulance Boat:
  • Built by Stephens Brothers, Stockton, CA (YN 650)
  • Completed as the yacht Sea Breeze (ON 238638) for Mr. & Mrs. Robert L Wiel, of San Francisco, CA (cost $16,085.00), June 1939
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 13 December 1941
  • Designated Yard Ambulance Boat YH-4, date unknown
  • Reclassified a small boat, 01 May 1942
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Redocumented as Sea Breeze, owned by Stannis Hinman, Lafayette, CA, 1959
  • Later operated as a private yacht in the San Francisco Bay area, owned by Mr. Keith Mitchell
  • Sold by Mitchell to Jane and David Cobb, March 2014
  • Currently active as a private yacht, homeported Alameda, CA
    Displacement 24 gross tons
    Length 41'
    Beam 11' 9"
    Draft 3.7'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion (1939) Twin Kermath "Sea Mate" engines

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    YH-4 594k YH-4 circa mid-1943. PC-570 is moored in the background.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 100123, courtesy of A.D. Baker III, 1984.
    Original by Scott Odell, replacement by Dave Wright
    Yacht Sea Breeze
    YH-4 1232k Sea Breeze, ex YH-4, moored in her slip at Sausalito, CA. in August 2010 Keith Mitchell
    YH-4 36k Sea Breeze, ex YH-4, underway in San Francisco Bay, April 2014. Note the vintage B-17 flying in the background.
    Photo by Stuart Kiehl
    David A. Cobb

    There is no DANFS history available for YH-4 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Sea Breeze - 1939 Stephens Brothers Cruiser
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    Last Updated 12 August 2016