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USS Christiana (YAG-32) (1943 - 1945)

USS Christiana (IX-80) (1942 - 1943)
WWII - International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - William - Jig - Tare
USLHS Azalea (1891 - 1933)
International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Xray - Unit
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Built in 1891 at Johnson Foundry and Machine Company, New York, NY for the US Lighthouse Service
  • Commissioned USLHS Azalea, 25 June 1891
  • Transferred to the Navy, 16 April 1917
  • Commissioned into Naval service, 9 May 1917
  • During World War I Azalea was assigned to the 1st Naval District
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service in accordance with an Executive Order dated 1 July 1919
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1933
  • Sold to Wilson Lines, Wilmington, DE, renamed Christiana (ON 232860), 1933
  • Sold to Bahamas Trading Co. and reflagged Honduran, 1940
  • Ran as freighter between Jacksonville, FL and the Bahamas
  • Acquired by the Navy, 06 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Christiana (IX-80), 09 November 1942, LT(jg) Anthony J. DeFrances, D-V(G) USNR, commanding
  • During World War II Christiana served in the Caribbean as a seaplane tender
  • Reclassified YAG-32, 20 November 1943
  • The name Christiana was withdrawn from YAG-32, 01 March 1945
  • Decommissioned at Miami, FL, 28 July 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
  • Sold by Maritime Commission to S.E. Thatcher, Miami, FL, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 393 gross tons
    Length 145' 6"
    Beam 24' 3"
    Draft 12' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Diesel engine
    single propeller, 770shp

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    USLHT Azalea
    Azalea - Flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron, particularly the former sections Tsutsuji (evergreen) and Pentanthera (deciduous). Azaleas bloom in the spring (April and May in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, and October and November in the Southern Hemisphere), their flowers often lasting several weeks
    Tommy Trampp
    32k USLHT Azalea underway, date and location unknown.
    US Lighthouse Service photo.
    John Spivey
    USS Christiana (YAG-32)
    IX-529 59k USS Christiana (YAG-32) at anchor, 11 April 1945, while serving as seaplane tender at Royal Island in the Bahamas.
    Caption courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USLHST Azalea - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Christiana (IX-80 / YAG-32) - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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