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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.
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 210
    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. (Wikipeda)
    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
    Tommy Trampp
    132k Yukon (AF-9) moored pierside at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA., circa December 1921.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # S-574-J
    Robert Hurst
    Yukon 264k A post card image of Yukon (AF-9) laid up in reserve at League Island, Philadelphia, PA.
    A Ted Stone photo
    Jay Milewski
    Yukon 35k USS Yukon (AF-9) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Yukon 93k 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 Mike Green
    367k 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.
    David Upton
    278k Yukon (AF-9) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., 5 February 1945.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo No. Unknown. Image courtesy of
    Robert Hurst

    USS Yukon (AF-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Sahm, Leo6 December 1921 - 14 April 1922
     Decommissioned14 April 1922 - 19 January 1940
    02CDR. Lewis, Mays Livingston19 January 1940 - 1941
    03CDR. Klein, Harold Samuel1941 - 1942
    04CDR. Runquist, Elmer Reuben1942 - 1944
    05CAPT. Smith, James Walter, USN (USNA 1924)15 June 1943 - 6 March 1944
    06CDR. McMillan, A. L.6 March 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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