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CG-253 (1925 - 1934)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Kilo - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by A.W. DeYoung, Alameda, CA
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned as CG-253, 1925
  • Decommissioned and and transferred to the US Navy, 31 March 1934
  • Placed in service in the Eleventh Naval District, as YP-33, 1934
  • Assigned to Eleventh Naval District, training reservists at Santa Barbara, CA, 1934-1940
  • During World War Two performed patrol duties along California coast, stationed at San Pedro, CA
  • Placed out of service, 01 September 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1945
  • Transferred to Army as personnel launch Q 171 same day
  • Sold to Nathan H. Westermeyer, San Bernadino, CA, as fishing vessel Gypsy-Q (ON 254596), 1949
  • Resold to Frank Luntkowski (Petroleum Construction Co.), San Diego, CA
  • Final disposition, sank after springing a leak, 10 miles south of Anacapa Light, 24 August 1955
    Displacement 37.5 tons
    Length 74' 11"
    Beam 13' 7"
    Draft 4'
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 8
    Armament unknown
    two Sterling 6-cylinder gasoline engines
    two propellers, 500shp

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    YP-33 92k A nest of Coast Guard 75-footers moored at San Pedro, CA, probably in the late 1920s. CG-257 went to the Army as patrol boat P 15, while CG-253 became YP-33. Joe Radigan
    YP-33 83k YP-33 underway while in service as a Naval Reserve training vessel at Santa Barbara, CA, circa late 1930s. Reservists trained in YP-33 to prepare them for manning one of the old four-pipe destroyers in reserve at San Diego in the event of a war. -
    YP-33 292k Down at the end of a pier in San Pedro, where Los Angeles harbor defense begins, is a trim little office, from which the Inshore Patrol officer of the day issues his orders. The little house was formerly the pilot house of a yacht. Lt. Commander Louis H. Gwinn USNR, commanding officer of the base, is shown just outside the office. YP-33 is moored at right.
    Press photo, byline dated 01 August 1941.
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-33 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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