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USS Yukon (AF-9)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Quebec - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (22 Sept. 1944) - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Arctic Class Stores Ship:
Laid down as SS Mehanno, under a USSB contract at Moore Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Oakland, CA;.
Launched, date unknown
Acquired by the Navy, 14 November 1921
Converted for Naval service and commissioned USS Yukon (AF-9), 6 December 1921, LCDR. Leo Sahm in command
Decommissioned, 14 April 1922 at Philadelphia, PA.
Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia, PA.
Recommissioned, 19 January 1940, at Brooklyn, N.Y,, CDR. Mays L. Lewis in command
Decommissioned, 18 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA., 1 July 1946, for disposal
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 May 1947, to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD. for $45,555 (PD-X-360), delivered, 28 July 1947
Displacement 12,600 t.(fl)
Length 416' 10"
Beam 53' 2"
Draft 26' 5" (limiting)
Speed 11 kts. (trial)
Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
non-refrigerated 47,260 Cu ft.
refrigerated 167,260 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 7 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,730 Bbls
one Midwest Parsons type steam turbine
three Scotch boilers, 210psi 436°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,900shp
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Yukon - Is a major watercourse of northwestern North America. From its source in British Columbia, Canada, it flows through Canada's territory of Yukon. The
lower half of the river continues westwards through Alaska. The river is 1,980 mi) long and empties into the Bering Sea at the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta. (Wilipedia)
Photo - The Yukon River, as seen from the Midnight Dome in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Taken in August, 2012. ©User name - Iforgotmylegs
Map - Yukon River drainage basin - US Government map
||A post card image of Yukon (AF-9) laid up in reserve at League Island, Philadelphia, PA.
A Ted Stone photo
||USS Yukon (AF-9) under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||Post card image of USS Yukon (AF-9) postmarked by the ship at Key West, FL., 19 May 1940, four months after she was
recommissioned. The ship has a low bridge and lacks the deck-house on the poop that most of her sisters had. There is an empty gun platform forward, and an after gun
would have been mounted on the poop deck. Gun records indicate that these positions received 3"/50 guns in early 1940 instead of the 5"/51 weapons for which they were
probably intended. Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Yukon (AF-9) underway at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 13 May 1942.
US National Archives Identifier # 100310919, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
USS Yukon (AF-9)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Sahm, Leo||6 December 1921 - 14 April 1922|
| ||Decommissioned||14 April 1922 - 19 January 1940|
|02||CDR. Lewis, Mays Livingston||19 January 1940 - 1941|
|03||CDR. Klein, Harold Samuel||1941 - 1942|
|04||CDR. Runquist, Elmer Reuben||1942 - 1944|
|05||CAPT. Smith, James Walter, USN (USNA 1924)||15 June 1943 - 6 March 1944|
|06||CDR. McMillan, A. L.||6 March 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 21 May 2021
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