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USS Yucca (IX-214)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Built in 1920 as the Emergency Fleet Corporation design 1047 tanker SS Utacarbon under United States Shipping Board contract # 1466 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Alameda, CA.,
  • Chartered Union Oil Co., 24 April 1942
  • Reacquired by the War Shipping Administration, 13 January 1943, for Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union, renamed SS Varlaam Avanesov, reflagged USSR
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, in February 1945
  • Transferred under contract to the Union Oil Co., 1 March 1945, renamed SS Utacarbon re-flagged US
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 4 July 1945, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Renamed Yucca, 9 March 1945
  • Converted for naval service at San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Yucca (IX-214), 9 July 1945.
  • Decommissioned, 19 February 1946, at Mobile, AL. and returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 January 1947, (MARAD contract PD-X-237) for $12, 696.00, to the Pinto Island Metals Co. Delivered 24 January 1947
    Displacement 10,749 t.
    Length 453'
    Beam 56'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 70
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 74,500 Bbls
    one 4"/50 gun mount
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    three single end boilers
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Merchant Service
    Yucca 69k SS Utacarbon underway during builders trials around 25 March 1920 after completion by the Bethlehem S.B. Corp., Alameda, CA.
    US National Archives photo # RG-32-S, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Yucca 50k SS Utacarbon underway while in the livery of the Union Oil Co., date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Yucca (IX-214)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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    Last Updated 6 November 2015