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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YDG-5 Class District Degaussing Vessel (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Ernest Wright, Tuncurry, New South Wales, Australia
  • Completed for North Coast Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., Sydney, as the wood-hulled twin screw steamer Nambucca II (ON 157636), 1937
  • Requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy for naval service, 07 November 1939
  • Commissioned as the auxiliary minesweeper HMAS Nambucca (NB), 10 January 1940
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 19 April 1943
  • Converted for US Naval service by Evans Deakin & Company, Brisbane
  • Placed in service as District Degaussing Vessel YDG-5, 31 July 1943 1
  • Asigned to Service Force, Seventh Fleet, Brisbane, July 1943 - May 1944
  • Served at Hollandia, September 1944 - May 1945
  • Later at Morotai, San Pedro Bay and Okinawa during 1945
  • Severely damaged in typhoon at Okinawa, October 1945
  • Declared a total loss, 30 December 1945
  • Placed out of commission, 07 February 1946
  • Intentionally burned, 08 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
    1. Most sources give date as 31 July 1944, but war diaries indicate she was in active use by July 1943, so 1944 must be a typo that has been perpetuated over the years.
    Displacement 489 tons(lt)
    Length 162' 6"
    Beam 34.6'
    Draft 9.9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four single 20mm
    two two-cylinder compound steam engines, 396shp
    two propellers

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    Merchant Service
    YDG-5 59k SS Nambucca beached at Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, circa 1937-39 Photo courtesy State Library New South Wales
    HMAS Nambucca (NB)
    YDG-5 49k Starboard side view of the auxiliary minesweeper HMAS Nambucca (NB), date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial, Naval Historical Collection via Mr J. Bastock. ID # 301068. For info: The copyright on this image has expired.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for YDG-5 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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