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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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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 (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YFR-443 Class Refrigerated Covered Lighter (Self Propelled):
  • Built by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI (YN 372)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service as YF-889, 25 October 1945
  • Placed out of service and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, March 1948
  • Reclassified YFR-889, date unknown
  • Withdrawn from reserve and placed in service, date unknown
  • Arrived in South Vietnam, October 1966
  • Assigned to Naval Logistics Base (NLB) Nha Be, 1966 - 1971
  • During The Vietnam War it is estimated that YFR-889 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
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive .

  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Transferred to Republic of Vietnam at Nah Be as HQ-490, 15 May 1971
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 300 tons
    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 84k YFR-889 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Scott Odell
    YFR-889 217k Article about YFR-889 published in The Jackstaff News, 28 July 1967. Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history record for YFR-889 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 20 September 2017