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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 Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, WA
  • Launched, 07 November 1934
  • Completed as research vessel Brown Bear for the Alaska Game Survey and U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey, 1934
  • Transferred to newly formed Fish & Wildlife Service, 1941
  • Transferred to US Navy, 05 January 1942
  • Manned by US Coast Guard personnel, 05 January 1942 - 05 November 1945
  • Placed in service as YP-197, early 1942
  • Placed out of service, 27 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to Fish & WIldlife Service, 28 March 1946
  • Later operated with NOAA, retired 1972
  • Operating as dive/excursion boat Baja Explorador in Baja California, early 1990s
  • Sold to American owners and documented as Brown Bear (ON 980667), 1992
  • Sank from neglect in San Diego harbor, August 1994
  • Raised and scuttled at sea, late 1997 - early 1998
    Displacement 300 gross tons
    Length 114'
    Beam 27'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 8.5 knots
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    two Washington diesels
    two shafts, 400hp
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    YP-197 236k YP-197 moored at Dutch Harbor, AK, circa 20 March 1942.
    Photo taken by sailor aboard submarine S-32
    Ric Hedman,

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-197 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Alaska Fisheries Science Center Historical Corner - Brown Bear
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    Last Updated 09 September 2016