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USS Yancey (LKA-93)
USS Yancey (AKA-93) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Kilo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (Cuba)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (2) - Antarctic Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Dominican Republic)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission Contract (MC hull 1193), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 8 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Yancey (AKA-93), 11 October 1944, LCDR. Edward R. Rice, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Yancey (AKA-93) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T. B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Forty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 2 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Yancey was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 11 September 19452 to 19 November 1945
    25 September to 15 October 194521 January to 5 February 1949

  • During the Korean War USS Yancey (AKA-93) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korea Aggression, 12 to 15 October 1950 First UN Counter Offensive, 28 March 1951

  • Decommissioned, December 1957, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 11 October 1960
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet for reactivation, 4 August 1961
  • Recommissioned, 17 November 1961, at Portland OR.
  • Redesignated (LKA-93), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 20 January 1971, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA., 18 March 1971
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 July 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • USS Yancey earned two battle stars for World War II and two for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef off Moorehead City, NC, 1990. Laying on her starboard side at a depth of 160 feet
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl) 14,200 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4" (lim)
    Speed 15.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 36
    Enlisted 330
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,145 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    8 LCMs
    1 LCP(L)
    15 LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO-11,190 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Combustion Engineering boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three Turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    286k USS Yancey (AKA-93) outbound to sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, CA., circa 1944-1946. Darryl Baker
    Photo # 1986.056.001.503
    109k USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the Antarctic in the background while a US Coast Guard J2F Duck taxis during Operation High Jump, 7 January 1947.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1986.056.001.503 and US Coast Guard photo
    Mike Green
    Robert Hurst
    Coast Guard photo
    Yancey 136k Sailors handling dogs and sleds next to USS Yancey (AKA-93) during the 1947 Operation High Jump in Antarctica.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1986.056.001.394
    Mike Green
    Yancey 55k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at Bay of Whales, Antarctica, 18 January 1947. Tom Eisenhour
    Yancey 72k An iceberg crosses the path of the U.S. Antarctic Expedition, circa 13 February 1947, as USS Yancey (AKA-93), left center, and USS Merrick (AKA-97), right center, follow the US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Northwind (WAGB-282) through ice floes and past huge tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Ocean.
    US National Archives Identifier: 196474, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
    Michael Mohl
    Yancey 19k USCGC Northwind (WAGB 282) tows USS Yancey (AKA-93) out of danger from ice in the Antarctic, 8 March 1947. While on a mission, towing the submarine USS Sennet (SS-408) toward Scott Island where the sub could find open water, Northwind received a radio message that USS Merrick (AKA-97), USS Yancey and USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8) were in danger from floating ice. Northwind dropped her tow temporarily, rushed back to the assistance of the beleaguered vessels, and is shown towing the Yancey towards an area of less danger.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Yancey 59k USS Yancey (AKA-93) Postal Cover, dated January 25 1952. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Yancey 79k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard after completion of overhaul, 17 July 1956.
    US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ron Reeves
    Yancey 64k
    Yancey 54k
    68k Starboard bow view of USS Yancey (AKA-93) off San Francisco, 17 July 1956, after completion of overhaul at San Francisco Naval Ship Yard.
    United States National Archives Photo
    Mike Green
    327k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at anchor in the harbor at Hong Kong in 1956.
    Photo by CDR Gerald Durbin USS Shangri-La CVA-38 1956 WestPac Photo # 029.
    Bob Canchola
    Hermitage 93k Amphibious Group at sea, 17 April 1964. The ships are USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in left foreground, USS Francis Marion (APA-249) in center, USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) in the left rear and USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the right rear. Three UH-34 helicopters are flying in formation over Francis Marion. Photo was received from USS Francis Marion in 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 85059
    Robert Hurst
    Yancey 88k USS Yancey (AKA-93) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Yancey 86k USS Yancey (AKA-93) under way in the Chesapeake Bay, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Yancey 74k USS Yancey (AKA-93) under way, date and location unknown. Louis Drinovsky
    Yancey 196k USS Yancey (AKA-93) under way in the Caribbean Sea in 1965.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Yancey 158k USS Yancey (AKA-93) under way off Norfolk, VA. in 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Smolinski
    Yancey 92k USS Yancey (AKA-93) next in line for refueling, Mediterranean Sea, 1968 © Jerry Search
    Yancey 72k USS Yancey (AKA-93) at anchor, Valletta, Malta, August 1968. USS Traverse County (LST 1160) is in the background © Jerry Search
    Yancey 63k USS Yancey (AKA-93) under way, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Yancey 257k USS Yancey (LKA-93) departing Genoa, Italy, 20 April 1970. Photo by Carlo Martinelli, Genoa Italy
    Yancey 467k USS Yancey (LAKA-93) at anchor in the harbor at Pireaus, Greece, circa late June-early July 1970. Photo by Eugene Williams USS Yancey
    297k Decommissioned USS Yancey (LKA-93) moored pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., circa January-March 1971. Also present is USS O'Hare (DD-889) undergoing availability. Nicholas Tiberio
    56k USS Yancey (LKA-93) at anchor in the harbor at Brindisi, Italy, in 1975. The photo was taken from the top of the Monumento al Marinaio or the Italian Sailor Monument. Michele Florio
    561k USS Yancey (LKA-93) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Yancey 161k Ex-USS Yancey (LKA-93) ready for sinking as part of the artificial reef program for the state of North Carolina off Moorehead City in 1990. Kenneth Groom
    Yancey 84k Model of USS Yancey (AKA-93) The model is 1:96 scale which measures about 5 feet in length. Built by Kenneth Groom

    For more photos and information about USS Yancey, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Yancey (AKA-93) War Diaries October 1944 to November 1945, History and Action Reports
  • Postal Covers related to the ship

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Rice, Edward Robert USNR11 October 1944 - 13 November 1946
    02CAPT. Cohn, James Edward USN (USN 1927) :RADM13 November 1946 - 14 August 1947
    03CAPT. Caufield, Cecil Thilman USN (USNA 1927)14 August 1947 - 21 August 1948
    04CAPT. Day, Charles Newton USN (USNA 1926)21 August 1948 - August 1949
    05CAPT. Wells, John Emilus USNAugust 1949 - June 1950
    06CAPT. Shank, James LeoJune 1950 - March 1951
    07CAPT. Brown, Donald CairnsMarch 1951 - March 1952
    08CAPT. Donovan, Thomas Alton USN (USNA 1928) :RADMMarch 1952 - March 1953
    09CAPT. Kusebauch, Alexander, USNMarch 1953 - 26 July 1954
    10CAPT. Owens, Hinton Allen, USN (USNA 1932)26 July 1954 - 19 August 1955
    11CAPT. Chase, Jay Valentine, USN (USNA 1933)19 August 1955 - August 1956
    12CAPT. Swartz, Frank Dewey, USN (USNA 1934) :RADMAugust 1956 - August 1957
    13CAPT. Fulp Jr., James Douglas USN (USNA 1934)August 1957 - December 1957
     DecommissionedDecember 1957 - 17 November 1961
    14CAPT. Keating, Gordon Ripley USN17 November 1961 - 30 January 1963
    15CAPT. Hibben, Carl Boone USN30 January 1963 - 24 January 1964
    16CAPT. Werthmuller Sr., Roy Walter Frank USN (USNA 1942)24 January 1964 - 12 February 1965
    17CAPT. Tafalo, Francis, USN12 February 1965 - 12 February 1966
    18CAPT. Demmler, Charles Frederick USN12 February 1966 - 2 January 1967
    19CAPT. Vaughan, Vie John, USN2 January 1967 - 19 July 1968
    20CAPT. Bernger, Robert Brewster, USN19 July 1968 - July 1969
    21CAPT. Johnson, Dean Richard USN (USNA 1946)July 1969 - 2 March 1970
    22CAPT. Hamberg, Harold Adolph, USN (USNA 1946)2 March 1970 - 20 January 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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