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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Raised, withdrawn from reserve and refurbished, circa 1952-53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
||Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
||Vietnam Winter Spring 1970
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
|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.
Propulsion diesel, twin screws
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||Five of the seven man crew that rode YFR-888 while under tow from Bayonne N.J.to Yokosuka Japan circa 1953-54.
US Navy photo
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
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Last Updated 15 May 2015
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