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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, CA
  • Completed for movie director Roland West as yacht Joyita (ON 230654), 1931
  • Sold to Milton E. Beacon, San Diego, CA, 1936
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 17 October 1941
  • Partially converted for naval service at Long Beach, CA
  • Placed in service as YP-108, date unknown
  • Sailed San Pedro to Pearl Harbor with Sepulga (AO-20), arrived 18 December 1941
  • Conversion for naval service completed by Hawaiian Tuna Packers, Honolulu, HI, 21 May 1942
  • Assigned to 14th Naval District, 1941 - 1945
  • Grounded on Kalohi Channel Reef, Lanai, and heavily damaged, May 1942
  • Pulled off by Robin (AT-140), 13 June 1942
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 March 1945
  • Transferred to Department of Interior, 02 October 1946
  • registered to Louis Brothers, Honolulu, TH, as Joyita, 1946
  • Registered to William Tavares, 1950
  • Registered to Dr. Ellen Katharine Luomala, a professor at the University of Hawaii, 1952
  • Chartered by Capt. Thomas H. "Dusty" Miller, a British-born sailor living in Samoa for use as a trading and fishing charter boat
  • Departed Apia, Samoa bound for Tokelau, 03 October 1955
  • Reported overdue, 06 October 1955
  • Found adrift with crew and passengers missing north of Vanau Levu, 600 miles off course, by SS Tuvalu, 10 November 1955
  • Auctioned for 2425 to David Simpson of Fiji and reflagged British, July 1956
  • Ran aground Koro Sea, refloated, January 1957
  • Began regular trade between Levuka and Suva, October 1958
  • Ran aground on reef at Vatuvalu; refloated, abandoned and beached, November 1959
  • Bought by Robin Maugham, early 1960s
  • Sold to Major J. Casling-Cottle, 1966
  • Final disposition, disintegrated on beach by late 1970s
    Displacement 70 tons (lt) 74 tons (fl)
    Length 69'
    Beam 17'
    Draft 7'
    Speed unknown
    Fuel and Water capacities
    Diesel 3,000 gals
    potable water 2,500 gals
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Main Propulsion - two Grey Marine Diesel engines
    Auxiliary Power - two Diesel drive motor generator sets
    twin propellers 225shp
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    YP-108 34k CPO Body, USN at the wheel of YP-108, circa 1942. Photographer unknown. This image from Benny-Drinnon Blogspot Robert Hurst
    Commercial Service
    YP-108 16k MV Joyita as found in the South Pacific in 1955, adrift and partially submerged and listing heavily to port. Photographer unknown. Image from (dead link) Robert Hurst
    YP-108 66k Port side view of MV Joyita after being towed ashore. Photographer unknown. Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-108 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Life Magazine, December 12, 1955, report on finding of Joyita pp 137-144
    Blog about Joyita
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