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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 (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Chinese Motorized Junk Yacht:
Laid down in 1939, at the King Shipways, Hong Kong BCC, for Mrs. Anne Archbold
Launched in October 1939, at Hong Kong BCC
After delivery to her owner the yacht, Cheng Ho's first cruise as was a plant collecting expedition to the Spice Islands terminating at Hawaii
Acquired by the US Navy for one dollar from Mrs. Anne Archbold (New York Times, 14 July 1941)
Placed in service as Chengho (IX-52), 23 July 1941, assigned to 14th Naval District
On 7 December 1941, Chengho was at the Section Base, Bishop's Point
Chengho served at Pearl Harbor as a picket boat and as an inshore patrol boat throughout World War II
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
Turned over to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
Sold to the Cheng-Ho Trading and Exploring Co., date unknown
Last known sighting was in 1990, Cheng Ho was a derelict pulled up onto a beach of the harbor at Papeete, Tahiti
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Chengho earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 175 t. (limiting)
Beam 23' 4"
one single 3"/23 cal dual purpose gun mount
two Superior Diesel engines
two Diesel-drive 7.5Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 200shp
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|Chengho (IX-52) probably moored pierside at Honolulu, T.H. circa July 1941 soon after her acquisition by the Navy.
She was a replica of a 15th-century Chinese junk that had been used in scientific expeditions.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo No. 19-N-25051 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|Chengho (IX-52) moored pierside at Honolulu, T.H., date unknown.
US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 15 June 2012
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