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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA (YN 109)
  • Completed for novelist Stewart Edward White, San Francisco, CA, as yacht Kuru (ON 229565), 1930
  • Sold to Leon R. Phillips, Ketchikan, AK, 1936
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 05 December 1941
  • Placed in service as YP-102, date unknown
  • Assigned to the 11th Naval District
  • Operated out of NSB San Pedro on patrol duties, 1942 - 1945
  • Assigned to Radio Materiel School, Treasure Island, for training, late 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • To WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, 09 August 1946
  • Registered to Joseph A. Denni, Wilmington, CA, as yacht Kuru, 1946
  • Registered to John P. McNabb, Los Angeles, CA, 1948
  • Registered to Daniel S. Fletcher, Wilmington, CA, 1949
  • Registered to Hall Broadcasting Co., Inc., Hollywood, CA, renamed Creole, 1959
  • Registered to Mortimer W. Hall, Portland, OR, 1960
  • Registered to Dean Alfred Graham, Portland, OR, 1970
  • Registered to Kenneth E. Rodgers, Portland, OR, 1972
  • Registered to George D. Heisley, Jr., Portland, OR, 1975
  • Registered to California Maritime Academy Foundation, Inc., Vallejo, CA, 1978
  • Registered to Richard F. Billings, Sitka, AK, 1989
  • Registered to Creole, Inc., Seattle, WA, about 2010
  • Current status, still extant 2021
    Displacement 72 gross tons, 49 net tons
    Length 71' 7"
    Beam 17' 5"
    Draft 9' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one Washington 4-cylinder diesel engine
    single propeller, 120hp

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    528k Kuru as completed. Photo from Motorship, June 1930. Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history available for YP-102 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Classic Yacht page for Creole

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