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Luster (IX-82)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Alpha - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Miscellaneous Unclassified-Yacht:
  • Built as the yacht Ko-Asa in 1936 at M. M. Davis & Sons, Solomons, MD.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 July 1942
  • Placed in service, 14 August 1942, LCDR. William F. Ives, USNR, officer in charge
  • Assigned to the 7th Naval District Local Defense Force, Port Everglades section, Gulf Sea Frontier Force
  • Renamed Luster (IX-82), 2 September 1942
  • Placed out of service, 24 March 1943
  • Placed in service, 22 January 1944, assigned to the Supervisor of Salvage, USN, Miami
  • Placed out of service, 26 June 1944
  • Laid up at Coast Guard Patrol Base, Port Everglades
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 20 December 1944
  • Registered in 1945 by John E. Lowery, Miami, FL as yacht Ko-Asa
  • Registered in 1948 by Edward E. Bishop, Bradenton, FL. as yacht Ko-Asa, homeport, Tampa, FL.
  • Registered in 1959 by Earl E. Andress, Palmetto, FL. as yacht Ko-Asa, homeport, Tampa, FL.
  • Registered in 1960 by Koasa, Inc. Fort Pierce, FL as yacht Ko-Asa, homeport, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Out of documentation in 1975.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 68 t.
    Length 82' 6"
    Beam 20'
    Draft 5' 6"
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 4
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Luster (IX-82)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Ives, William Francis, USNR14 August 1942 - 15 March 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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