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International Radio Call Sign:
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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
  • A luxury yacht laid down in 1931 at Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, CA. for movie director Roland West, named after his wife Joyita
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Sold in 1936 to Milton E. Beacon
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1941
  • Allocated to the 14th Naval District at Hawaii, placed in service as YP-108
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and delivered to the Maritime Commission for disposal in 1946
  • Sold in 1948 to the firm of Louis Brothers
  • Resold in 1950 to William Tavares
  • Resold in 1952 to Dr. Katharine Luomala, a professor at the University of Hawaii
  • Chartered by Capt. Thomas H. "Dusty" Miller, a British-born sailor living in Samoa for use as a trading and fishing charter boat
  • Final Disposition, see Wikipedia entry for more history, fate and final disposition
    Displacement 70 t.(lt) 74 t.(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 (ex-USS YP-108) as found in the South Pacific in 1955, adrift and partially submerged and listing heavily to port. Photographer unknown. Image from Savali Robert Hurst
    YP-108 66k Port side view of MV Joyita after being towed ashore. Photographer unknown. Image from Worlds Top Ten "ghost ships" 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
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    Last Updated 4 October 2014