Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

YRBM-16
ex
YFNB-21

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Naval Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personal Awards

Purple Hearts (8 KIA; BM1 Simon, Joseph L.J., GMG3 Crose, Ronald A., GMG3 Evans, Lonnie B., SN Egbert, Dale E., SN Ycoco, George R. 24 Nov. 67; LTjg. Norris, Kenneth E. 31 Jan. 69; SH1 Whiteside, Roy R. 11 Oct. 69; SK3 Howard Glenn E. 16 Dec 69) (2 WIA; EN2 Flowers, Wilson N., ETN3 Gray, Robert L. 24 Nov. 67)

YRBM-16 Class Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge (NSP)
  • Laid down, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam War YRBM-16 participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III, 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 Tet/69 Counteroffensive, 23 February to 8 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive, 30 January to 4 April 1968 Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV, 5 April to 30 June 1968 Sanctuary Counteroffensive, 1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V, 1 July to 1 November 1968 Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI, 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 Consolidation I, 1 July to October 1971

  • Transferred to South Vietnam in October 1971, redesignated HQ9612
  • Struck, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred to South Vietnam 1 October 1973
    Specifications
    Displacement 700 t.(lt) 2,70 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 48'
    Draft 9'
    Compliment unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion none

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    YRBM-16
    YRBM-16 68k YRBM-16 anchored in the Mekong River 2 miles south of Tan Chao, June 1970. Artie Kitchen
    YRBM-16 341k YRBM-16 with a US Navy HUEY helicopter on her flight deck, December 1970. CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 174k Helicopter approaching YRBM-16 for a night landing, December 1970. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 320k YRBM-16 with the beer barge alongside, December 1970. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 407k YRBM-16 with river craft alongside, December 1970. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 335k YRBM-16 with river craft alongside, December 1970. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 282k YRBM-16 Ship's Store, December 1970 Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 334k YRBM-16 Officers Quarters, December 1970 Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 207k SK2 Billy Glestine directs a helicopter onto the flight deck of YRBM-16, December 1970 Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 290k PO Hatt, BMC Thornton, unknown, Ltjg Ford, LT Sigler and "Jato" YRBM-16 mascot, December 1970 CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 208k YRBM-16 Supply Department personnel, December 1970. SN Bickford, SHB3 Bill Sneddon, ENS Letlow, PCSN Steve Park CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16
    Starboard
    261k Views of YRBM-16, December 1970. CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16
    Port
    268k
    YRBM-16
    Stern
    244k
    YRBM-16
    Looking Aft
    203k
    YRBM-16
    Flight Deck "Delta Queen" aka JATO16
    347k
    YRBM-16 294k Two YRBM-16 crew members listening to the Sugar Bowl game, January 1971. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 310k YRBM-16 being towed down the Makong River, in January 1971 by Winnemucca (YTF-785). Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 317k YRBM-16 Supply Department, January 1971.
    Left to right:
    Front row; SK1 Cooksey, CSSN Fancher, SD3 Samante, CS1 Marchbanks, SD3 Albornuz, SK2 Cushing,
    Back row; ENS Letlow, SK2 Gleastine, SK3 Ebert, SK2 Connell, SH1 Colquiet, SH2 Crawford, SKSN Bourne, SN Bickford, SH2 Travis, CS3 Murry, CS2 Pasco, SHBSN Powell.
    Not shown: CSC Burns, CS2 Hatton, SH3 Maxwell, SHB3 Sneddon, SHSN Bivens, TN Lasaca, SKSN Baiss, CSSN Cornell.
    CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 294k Crew members pass the time as YRBM-16 is enroute in the South China Sea bound for Vung Tau, South Vietnam, February 1971. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 164k YRBM-16 arriving at Vung Tau, RVN, February 1971 CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 378k YRBM-16 with a US Army Cobra on her flight deck, February 1971. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    YRBM-16 308k YRBM-16 moored at Vung Tau, RVN, February 1971. Photo by CAPT. (ENS.) Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    RVNS HQ-9612
    YRBM-16 47k YRBM-16 moored at Nha Be RVN, November 1971 after transfer to South Vietnam in October 1971, redesignated RVSN HQ-9612 ©Richard Leonhardt

    There is no DANFS history record available for YRBM-16 / YFNB-21 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
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Yard and District Craft Photo Index Back To The Large Covered Lighter Index Back To The Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 5 July 2013