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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by N.J. Blanchard Boat Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched, 15 August 1923
  • Completed for Willits J. Hole, Los Angeles, CA as yacht Samona (ON 223191), 1923
  • Sold to Craig Shipbuilding, Long Beach, CA, as partial payment for Hole's new yacht Samona (later Amethyst (PYc-3), 1930
  • Sold to Thomas R. Dempsey, Los Angeles, CA and renamed Elvida, 1936
  • Acquired, 21 October 1941 by US Navy
  • Placed in service as District Patrol Craft YP-109, 1941
  • Allocated to the 14th Naval District
  • Sailed from San Pedro to Pearl Harbor in company with Ramapo (AO-12), 25 November - 05 December 1941
  • YP-109 was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese surprise attack, moored alongside Ash (YN-2) at the Section Base, 07 December 1941
  • Placed out of service at Pearl Harbor, 08 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 03 January 1946
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 09 January 1947
  • Sold to James Griffith, San Diego, CA, for $7504.60, delivered February 1947
  • Final Disposition, to Mexican flag 1948, further fate unknown
    Displacement 120 gross tons, 81 net tons
    Length 107' 5"
    Beam 17' 10"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    three Atlas Diesels
    triple propellers, 340shp

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    44k Samona as completed.
    PSMHS photo
    Dave Wright

    Commanding Officers
    01LT(jg)/LT Vivian Hollingsworth Moses D-V(G), USNR(December 1942 - March 1943)
    02ENS Henry D Freedman D-V(G), USNR(December 1943)
    03ENS Roy William Garren D-V(G), USNR(March 1944 - June 1944)

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-109 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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