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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personal Awards

Purple Hearts (1 - KIA, GMG1 Herbert E. Belcher, 31 March 1969) (1 - MIA, CS1 Ward K. Patton, 27 July 1968)

YRBM-18 Class Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge (NSP)
  • Laid down, dater and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • Converted in Japan from Barracks Craft APL-55 to Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge YRBM-18, date
  • During the Vietnam War YRBM-18 participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, March 1967 to 31 May 1967 Tet/69 Counteroffensive, 23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III, 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, 9 June to 31 October 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  

  • Loaned to South Vietnam, circa December 1970
  • Struck, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred to South Vietnam 1 October 1973
    Displacement 700 t.(lt) 2,70 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 48'
    Draft 9'
    Compliment unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion none

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    Size Image Description Source
    YRBM-18 123k APL-55 probably at Tampa, FL. soon after completion in July 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # unknown, a US Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    YRBM-18 10k YRBM-18 moored in Vietnamese waters, during the Vietnam War, circa March 1967-June 1971. Bob Gregory, Executive Support, COMPACFLT N43

    There is no DANFS history available for APL-55 / YRBM-18 at Navsource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book

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