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Geronimo (YTM-119)
USS YT-119 (1933 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Pearl Harbor)
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Authorized, August 1931
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, 20 December 1932
  • Commissioned, YT-119, 07 March 1933
  • Assigned to Fourteenth Naval District at Pearl Harbor, 1933 - 1946
  • Named Geronimo, date unknown (by August 1941)
  • YT-119 was present at Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941
  • Decommissioned and placed in service as Geronimo (YTM-119), 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service at Honolulu, TH, 30 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 December 1946
  • Sold by the WSA War Assets Administration to John Hanson, 23 July 1948
  • Registered to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA, as tug Navigator (ON 260386), 1950
  • Final disposition, still extant 1975
  • Geronimo (YTM-119) earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 270 tons
    Length 98'
    Beam 24'
    Draft 8' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    single propeller, 834shp
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    Geronimo (YT/YTM-119)
    1160k Article about launch of YT-119 at Boston Navy Yard, from The Boston Globe, 20 December 1932. Please note the photo as published has been reversed. Dave Wright
    128k YT-119 underway, date and location unknown. Jon Burdett
    BB-44 California
    172k YT-119 stands by as USS California (BB-44) crosses the sill of the drydock at Navy Yard Pearl Harbor, after being refloated, 09 April 1942.
    Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
    Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
    213k Geronimo (YT-119) moving California (BB-44) to drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 09 April 1942.
    Still frames from short film "Pearl Harbor: Spring 1942" filmed by Hollywood movie director Commander John Ford (USNR)'s film crew. National Archives ID 2663369, Local ID 428-NPC-47631
    David Upton

    USS YT-119 / Geronimo (YTM-119)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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