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Manuwai (YFB-16)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Manuwai Class Yard Ferryboat:
  • Built by Supple & Martin, Portland, OR
  • Launched, 07 November 1927
  • Placed in service as Multnomah (ON 227124) on Willamette River at St. Johns Ferry, OR, 26 December 1927
  • Rendered redundant by opening of St. Johns Bridge, 1931
  • Sold to Young Brothers, Ltd., Honolulu, HI, renamed Manuwai
  • Towed to Hawaii by tug Mamo, April 1933
  • Purchased by the Navy from Young Bros., July 1940
  • Allocated to the 14th Naval District at Pearl Harbor
  • Placed in service as Manuwai (YFB-16) providing ferry service between NAS Ford Island and Naval Base Pearl Harbor
  • Manuwai was present at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Placed out of service in reserve, 28 February 1949
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Pearl Harbor Group in dry storage on the deck of the Aircraft Transport Lighter YCV-12
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1954
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • Manuwai earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 314 gross tons
    Length 146.1'
    Beam 40.5'
    Draft 10.1'
    Speed 8 knots
    Complement 5
    Armament none
    Propulsion single Atlas Imperial diesel engine, 250bhp

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    45k Manuwai underway in the 1930s, location unknown. Dave Wright
    54k Manuwai (YFB-16) at Pearl Harbor, 14 June 1942. The NHHC caption misidentifies her as Nihoa (YFB=17).
    National Archives photo 80-G-32217 (cropped)
    Dave Wright
    81k Manuwai (YFB-16) at Pearl Harbor, 15 September 1945.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Jon Burdett

    Manuwai (YFB-16)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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