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USCGC Naugatuck (1926 - 1935)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Whiskey
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI (YN 88)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned as the 100-foot US Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Naugatuck, 06 June 1926
  • Stationed at St. Petersburg, FL, 1926 - 1932
  • Stationed at Pascagoula, MS, 1932 - 1933
  • Stationed at Southport, NC, 1933 - 1935
  • Decommissioned by Coast Guard and transferred to Navy, 23 December 1935
  • Placed in service as District Patrol Craft YP-56, 1936
  • YP-56 was assigned to survey duty with the Fifteenth Naval District in the Panama Canal Zone, 1937-1941
  • During World War II YP-56 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 24 July to 10 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 May to 30 June 1945

  • YP-56 operated with Bowditch (AG-30/AGS-4), YP-41 and YP-42, 1941-1946
  • Conducted surveys off Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador into early 1944
  • Conducted surveys at Guam and Saipan, September 1944 - February 1945
  • Sailed from Majuro to Pearl Harbor, November - December 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Transfered to WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, 19 November 1946
  • Sold to Magnolia Petroleum Co., Dallas, TX, rebuilt as an oil exploration vessel, renamed Shamrock (ON 253073), 1947
  • Renamed E.D. Smith, 1948
  • Registered to Socony Mobile Oil Co., Inc., Morgan City, LA, 159
  • Registered to Mobile Oil Corp., New York, NY, 1966
  • Registered to Oscar C. Niemeth, Lafayette, LA, renamed Sea Eagle, 1976
  • 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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    165k YP-56 moored at Coco Solo, Canal Zone, while on survey duty, 09 March 1937. The caption erroneously refers to YP-56 as Nokomis, which was actually the survey vessel the YP was assigned to.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT C. Philip, D-VG USNR(September 1944)

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-56 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 - Naugatuck 1926
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