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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 (retroactive - 7 December 1941) - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Welded construction steel-hulled Garbage Lighter (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH
  • Authorized, December 1930
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service as garbage lighter YG-17, 1932
  • Intially allocated to 1st Naval District
  • Allocated to 14th Naval District at Pearl Harbor, circa 1939
  • YG-17 was at Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941
    YG-17 was alongside Nevada (BB-36), which at that time was in no need of assistance. The garbage lighter went on to fight fires on West Virginia (BB-48), Arizona (BB-39) and Tennessee (BB-43).
    She sustained minor damage from strafing and bomb concussions. Her master, CBM Leonard M. Jahnsen, and crew received a commendation for their actions.
  • Towed from Pearl to Espiritu Santo for duty there by Sioux (AT-75), 22 February - 18 March 1943
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, to Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal, April 1946
  • YG-17 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement162 tons
    Length 110'overall
    Beam 26'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Capacity 5,000 cubic feet
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion Diesel, 180hp
    single propeller

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    YG-17 56k YG-17 underway at 8.5 kts. during builders trial, 12 February 1932 off Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
    Portsmouth Navy Yard photo.
    Darryl Baker
    YG-17 667k YG-17 fihting fires aboard battleship West Virginia (BB-48) at Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941.
    National Archives photo 80-G-19947 (cropped)
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history record for YG-17 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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