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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge (NSP)
Large Covered Lighter (NSP)

Covered Lighter (NSP)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Naval Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personal Awards

Purple Heart (4 KIA - EM3 Ronald S. Bay, 26FEB70; EN3 Robert L. Fallows, 26FEB70; RM3 Frank B. Glendenning, 26FEB70; CS3 Archie C. Wabschall III, 26FEB70

YRBM-20 Class Repair, Berthing and Messing Barge
  • Laid down, 24 November 1944, as the steel-hulled Covered Lighter (Non-Self-propelled) YFN-751 at Willamette Iron and Steel, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 23 December 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 9 January 1945
  • Reclassified Large Covered Lighter YFNB-26, date unknown
  • Converted redesigned and redesignated Repair Berthing and Messing Barge YRBM-20
  • During the Vietnam War YRBM-20 "Delta Hilton" participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V, 1 July to 1 November 1968 Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI, 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 Sanctuary Counteroffensive, 1 May to 30 June 1970
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive, 23 February to 8 June 1969 Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, 9 June to 31 October 1969  

  • Current Disposition, active in Service at Naval Station San Diego, CA.
    Displacement 700 t.(lt) 2,000 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 48';
    Draft 13' (lim)
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 28
    Armament none
    Machinery unknown
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    YRBM-20 83k YRBM-20 moored at Chou Doc, South Vietnam, circa 1969-71 Photo by Kent Hawley webmaster Brown Water Navy
    YRBM-20 157k YRBM-20 under tow by the Greger Pacific Marine tug Noelani, the ex US Navy tug Winnemucca (YTB-785), transiting Ridge Pass in Puget Sound Noelani had completed her towed of APL-4 from San Diego to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and was returning to San Diego with YRBM-20 for refurbishing.
    Photo by Captain Jay Anderson
    Ron Reeves
    YRBM-20 172k
    YRBM-20 162k
    YRBM-20 219k
    YRBM-20 708k YRBM-20 moored pierside, Naval Station San Diego, CA. Bob Gregory, Executive Support, COMPACFLT N43
    YRBM-20 793k YRBM-20 moored pierside, Naval Station San Diego, CA., 9 August 2011. Photo by Bob Gregory, Executive Support, COMPACFLT N43

    There is no DANFS history record available for YRBM-20 / YFNB-26 / YFN-751 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Brown Water Navy - YRBM-20
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    YRBM - Repair Berthing and Messing Barge
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