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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
  • Laid down in 1926 at Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI. as Naugatuck
  • Delivered to the US Coast Guard, date unknown, commissioned USCGC Naugatuck
  • Assigned to St. Petersburg, FL, from 1926 to 1932
  • Reassigned to Pascagoula, MS. 1932 to 1933
  • Reassigned to Southport, N.C., 1933-1935
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the US. Navy in 1935
  • Placed in service as District Patrol Craft YP-56
  • 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

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to Magnolia Petroleum Co., Dallas, TX. renamed Shamrock and rebuilt as an exploration vessel
  • Renamed E.D. Smith in 1948
  • Resold in 1959 to Socony Mobile Oil Co., Inc., Morgan City, LA.
  • Resold in 1966 to Mobile Oil Corp., New York, N.Y.
  • Resold in 1976 to Oscar C. Niemeth, Lafayette, CA. renamed Sea Eagle
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 210 t.
    Length 98' 8"
    Beam 23'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 16
    Armament one 3'/23 gun mount (1930)
    two 300bhp Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    two propellers

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    Standish 165k YP-56 moored at Coco Solo, Canal Zone, 9 March 1937.
    US Navy photo. Note the puzzling mixture of names. Officially, YPs were not named only numbered. As a Coast Guard cutter YP-56 was named Naugatuck. When this photo was taken the official Nokomis (PY-6) was still in service at Norfolk VA.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    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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