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Jacona (YFP-1)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)

YFP-1 Class Floating Power Barge (NSP):
  • Built in 1919, as SS Jacona for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) by Todd Drydock & Construction Corp., Tacoma, WA.
  • Completed and delivered in April 1919
  • SS Jacona performed commercial service as a freighter until 1930
  • Converted in 1930 to a non-self-propelled power barge at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. after the US Navy successfully experimented with using the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) to provide electricity ashore. Jacona's engines were removed, and the interior gutted to make room for four electricity plants that were fed by NSFO.
  • Subsequently owned by the New England Public Service Co. at Augusta, ME. and Public Service Co., of New Hampshire while moored at Manchester, N.H.
  • Returned to the US Navy for WWII service, Jacona was towed to various ports in the Pacific, ending up in Nagasaki providing electricity to the destroyed city.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and subsequently to the US Army, 17 March 1945, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • During the Korean War Jacona was towed to the Pacific and used at various bases and at Korean ports as an auxiliary power supply, while on loan to the US Army
  • Subsequently assigned to the Naval Base at Okinawa and ultimately transferred from the Navy to the Philippines in 1971
    Displacement 4,843 t.
    Length 379' 4"
    Beam 53' 1"
    Draft 23' 8"
    Propulsion none
    Complement 19
    Power Output capable of producing 20,000 kilowatts of power

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    Commercial Service
    YFP-10 88k SS Jacona fitting out, 25 January 1919, at Todd Dry Dock and Construction Co., Tacoma, WA. This ship had the unusual fate of being converted to a non-self propelled power plant at Newport News n 1930. After serving in Main and New Hampshire she became an Army ship in 1945 and the Navy's YFP-1 in 1947. She was reportedly still in excellent condition when transferred from the Navy to the Philippines in 1971.
    US National Archives photo # NARA: RG-32-UB
    Robert Hurst
    Jacona (YFP-1)
    YFP-10 112k Jacona (YFP-1) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Derick S. Hartshorn

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
    Fleet Reserve Association

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