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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Fishing Trawler
  • Built in 1937 as the Fishing Trawler FV Liberty by Campbell Machine Co. San Diego CA. for Frank Gonsalves Jr.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1942, modified to serve as a refrigerated cargo vessel and placed in service as YP-278
  • During World War II YP-278 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Returned to her owner, Frank Gonsalves, Jr., in 1946
  • Sold to Sun Harbor Packing Co. in 1948, renamed FV Sun Splendor
  • Resold in 1965 to J.B. Vattuone renamed FV Invader
  • Final Disposition, sunk by collision at sea, 9 July 1979 off Baja California, at 29.28N / 117.12W
    Displacement 334t
    Length 129'
    Beam 28' 0"
    Draft 12' 5"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 20mm AA gun mount
    one .50 cal machine gun
    Propulsiontwo 6-cylinder Union diesels, two propellers

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    YP-278 133k YP-278, left, LT. Conway, Officer in Charge , right, ENS. David D. Bloom, Executive Officer standing on the bridge, circa December 1944. Richard Bloom for his father David D. Bloom YP-278
    YP-278 240k Route of YP-278 during World War II, July 1944 to March 1945. Richard Bloom for his father David D. Bloom YP-278
    YP-278 128k ENS. David D. Bloom posing with one of YP-278's .50 cal. machine guns, circa 28 December 1944. Richard Bloom for his father David D. Bloom YP-278

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-278 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Information
    LT. and Mrs. D. Dudley Bloom, USN (Ret.)
    c/o Richard B. Bloom

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