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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 - World War II Victory Medal
District Patrol Craft
Built by Bellingham Marine Ways (George Wrang), Bellingham, WA
Launched, late April 1937
Completed for Pacific American Fisheries, Bellingham, WA, as cannery tender Corsair (ON 236328), 1937
Purchased by US Navy for $47,500, November 1940
Placed in service as YP-73, December 1940
Assigned to Aleutian Patrol, 1940-45
Struck reef and grounded 1000 yards east of Spruce Cape signal station, Kodiak Island, 15 January 1945
Six crew (three officers and three enlisted men) rescued by USCGC Bittersweet, but ten men (one officer and nine enlisted men) died of exposure after abandoning ship 1
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 February 1945
1. Lost were the following:
one unidentifed officer
William Frank Bennett, Jr. (876 01 69) S2c, V-6 USNR
Harry John Holland (870 90 68) S1c USN
Merlin Joseph La Mere (871 57 94) S1c (GM) USN
James Bernard Loerzel (870 90 74) MoMM3c(T) USNR
William Mckensie McGuire (347 08 70) Cox USN
Edward Milton Nemeth (321 88 36) MoMM3c USN
LeRoy Garret Olson (329 41 21) QM2c(T) USN
Robert Elton Phillips (643 35 34) GM3c(T) V-6 USNR
Richard Edwin Van Doozer (386 64 31) SC2c USN
Displacement 115 gross tons
Length 84' 6"
Beam 22' 0"
Draft 9' 1"
Armament one 3"/23
Propulsion diesel, 300hp
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||YP-73 underway, date and location unknown (probably in Puget Sound in late 1940). Note the 3"/23 gun forward.
Cropped from U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships Photograph, Bureau of Ships General Correspondence, YP-72 file, Box 472, National Archives and Records Administration, Textual Records Branch, College Park, Md
||YP-73 hauled out on a seaplane ramp at Women's Bay, AK, 10 April 1941.
US Navy photo from NAS Kodiak (VFW collection)
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
|01||LT William B. Dell D-M USNR||(March 1941 - June 1942)|
|02||LT Gordon Robert Deits, D-V(G) USNR||(September 1942 - ???)|
There is no DANFS history record available for YP-73 at NavSource
Last Updated 24 March 2017
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