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Scuttled off Corregidor to prevent capture, 5 May 1942

Vaga (YT-116)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Defense Medal

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Shanghai Dock & Engineering Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China
  • Completed as the single-screw, steel-hulled tug General Weeks for the US Army Quartermasters Corps, 1910
  • Transferred to the Navy, 07 April 1930
  • Inactivated at Cavite Navy Yard for naval conversion, 22 May 1930
  • Renamed Vaga, 29 July 1931
  • Commissioned USS Vaga (YT-116) at Cavite, Boatswain Glen B. Swortwood commanding, 01 August 1931
  • During World War II Vaga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Philippine Islands operation, 8 December 1941 to 5 May 1942
    Scuttled off Corregidor to prevent capture, 05 May 1942
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 July 1942
  • Salvaged by the Japanese, renamed Taiyo Maru
  • Sunk by US aircraft in the Borneo area, about 15 January 1944
  • Vaga earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 529 tons
    Length 148' 6"
    Beam 26'
    Draft 12' 10" (mean)
    Speed unknown
    Complement 28
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    Iwana 408k General Weeks as completed, exact date unknown.
    Photo from builder's advertisment in the publication New Map of China, second edition (Shanghai, 1915)
    Dave Wright

    View the Vaga (YT-116)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    No Information Available
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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