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USS Yaupon (ATA-218)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Charlie - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

ATA-214 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Projected as Yard Net Tender Yaupon (YN-96)
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-72), 20 January 1944
  • Laid down, 29 January 1944, at Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, LA.
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-218, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 16 September 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Yaupon (ATA-218), 10 March 1945, LT. Harry L. Lane, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Yaupon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Yaupon was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 to 29 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold by the War Shipping Administration, 3 January 1947, presumably for scrapping
    Displacement 1,550 t. (limiting)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 34' 7"
    Draft 14' 1" (limiting)
    Speed 12.1 kts
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 52
    one 3"/50 Dual-Purpose gun mount
    Three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel, 935 Bbls
    Busch Sulzer Mod 539 Diesel-electric engine
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller 1500shp

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    ATA-218 92k USS Yaupon (ATA-218) under way, probably around the time of her completion in March 1945. She was the last of a group of five tugs to be completed. Note the elimination of her 3" gun, while still retaining the gun platform forward of the bridge. The 3" gun was replaced by two single 40-mm guns on the forecastle.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-85222, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Yaupon (ATA-218)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lane, Harry L., USNR10 March 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Wilson, Donald Estus, USNDecember 1945 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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