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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YFR-443 was transferred to Colombia and named ARC Quindio (BO-153)
YFR-443 Class Self-propelled Refrigerated Covered Lighter:
  • Built by Niagara Shipbuilding Co., Buffalo NY
  • Launched in 1943
  • Delivered and placed in service at New York Navy Yard, 10 December 1943
  • Assigned to 7th Naval District for service in Caribbean, December 1943
  • Placed out of service in May 1946, and laid up in the Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX
  • Reclassified Refrigerated Covered Lighter (Self-propelled) YFR-443, date unknown
  • Transferred to Colombia under terms of the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
  • Commissioned into the Colombian Navy as ARC Quindio (BO-153), 2 August 1963
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 01 October 1977
  • Retired from Colombian Navy service in 2015
  • Final dispositon, scuttled as diving reef off Isla Baru (10°15'48.3"N 75°35'53"W), 13 November 2015
    Displacement 300 tons(lt)
    Length 132' 6"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 12'
    Cargo Capacity 250 tons
    Speed 6 kts (trial)
    Armament none
    Complement 17
    two Union Diesel engines
    twin propellers, 600shp
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    YFR-443 44k Ex-YFR-443 in Colombian Naval service as ARC Quindio (BO-153). The Oceanographic and Hydrographic vessel ARC Quindio celebrated her 46th anniversary since commissioning in the Colombian Navy, 2 August 2009. She served initially as a supply ship carrying food and frozen meat between the Colombian main land and the Island of San Andres in the Caribbean. Later she was reassigned to hydrographic duties. Her main task is buoy repair, replacement and relocation. Translation and synopsis from an article taken from "CYBER-CORREDERA" by LT (r) Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas, Colombian Navy
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    YFR-443 39k ARC Quindio (BO-153) underway, date and location unknown.. LT (r) Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas, Colombian Navy
    YFR-443 112k ARC Quindio (BO-153) being scuttled as a reef off Isla Baru, 13 November 2015. LT (r) Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas, Colombian Navy
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    There is no DANFS history record for YFR-443 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    “Parque Temático de Buceo “Ciénaga de los Vásquez”
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