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USCGC Gallatin (1926 - 1935)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Delta - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI (YN 85)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned as the 100-foot US Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Gallatin, 10 May 1926
  • Stationed at New London, CT, 1926-1927
  • Stationed at St. Petersburg, FL, 1927-1933
  • Stationed at Pascagoula, MS, 1933-1935
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the US. Navy in 1935
  • Placed in service as District Patrol Craft YP-42, 1935
  • YP-42 was assigned to survey duty with the Fifteenth Naval District in the Panama Canal Zone, 1937-1941
  • During World War II YP-42 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 24 July to 10 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and capture of Iwo Jima, 04 to 16 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 May to 30 June 1945

  • YP-42 operated with Bowditch (AG-30/AGS-4), YP-41 and YP-56, 1941-1946
  • Conducted surveys off Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador into early 1944
  • Conducted surveys at Majuro, February - March 1944
  • Conducted surveys at Eniewetok, April - June 1944
  • Conducted surveys at Saipan and Tinian, June 1944 - April 1945
  • Conducted surveys at Okinawa, April - October 1945
  • Grounded at Okinawa in Typhoon Louise, 09 October 1945
  • Refloated, 12 October 1945
  • Departed Nakagusuku Wan, Okinawa, for Pearl Harbor, along with YP-41, in tow of ATA-185, 03 November 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • To WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, December 1946
  • Sold to Clarence Ferry, San Diego, CA, 06 December 1946
  • Resold to J.W. Sefton Foundation as a research vessel and named Orca, circa 1950
  • Resold to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, June 1956
  • Resold to Murphy Marine Service, San Diego,October 1962
  • Resold to Clarence Ferry as yacht (ON 292567), 1963
  • Resold to Joe L. Rose, Pismo Beach, CA, 1964
  • Resold again to Swamp Buggies, Inc., Houma, LA, and rig changed to 'miscellaneous', September 1964
  • Resold to the Independent Exploration Co. of Texas, Houma, LA, 1965
  • Resold to Bay Boats, Inc., Seabrook, TX, 1970
  • Dropped from documentation, September-October 1970
  • Redocumented Exploration, March-April 1973
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 210 tons full load
    Length 99' 8"
    Beam 23'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 1 Warrant Officer, 14 Enlisted (USCG)
    Armament one single 3"/23 gun mount
    two Grey Marine Diesel engines
    twin propellers, 300 BHP
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    95k Gallatin at Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI, after being launched in 1926.
    Photo from Bowling Green University Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT(jg) William J. Goodheart, D-VG USNR(May 1945)

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-42 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Gallatin 1926
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