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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from to bottom left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YFR-443 Refrigerated Covered Lighter (Self Propelled):
  • Built, circa 1943-44, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
  • Launched, circa 1945
  • Delivered and placed in service, 28 September 1945
  • Placed out of service, date unknown, and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Bayonne Group
  • Sunk while in reserve at Bayonne in 1950
  • Raised, withdrawn from reserve and refurbished, circa 1952-53
  • Towed from the east coast to Japan, circa 1953-54 for duty at Naval Station Yokosuka
  • Assigned to Naval Support Activity Saigon, South Vietnam, date unknown
  • During The Vietnam War it is estimated that YFR-888 participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    Tet Counteroffensive Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV Vietnam Winter Spring 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 300 t.
    Length 133'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 12'
    Speed unknown
    Armament none
    Complement 17
    Propulsion diesel, twin screws

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    Size Image Description Contributed By
    YFR-889 126k Five of the seven man crew that rode YFR-888 while under tow from Bayonne Yokosuka Japan circa 1953-54.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec
    YFR-888 209k Kodiak (YF-866), YFR-888, Kittaton (YTM-406) and an unidentified tug laid up at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, circa 1981. Note that "YF-888" has been photo shopped onto the stern of Kodiak. Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.

    There is no DANFS history record for YFR-888 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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    Last Updated 15 May 2015