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Osceola (YTM-129)
Osceola (YTB-129) (1944 - 1962)
Osceola (YT-129) (1938 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Authorized, 15 December 1936
  • Laid down, 02 August 1937
  • Launched, 03 March 1938
  • Placed in service as YT-129, 01 June 1938
  • Assigned the name Osceola, 17 September 1938
  • Assigned to Fourteenth Naval District, 1938 - 1970s
  • Osceola was present at Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-129, 12 April 1944
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-129 in 1962
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), February 1973
    Displacement 890 tons
    Length 124' 9"
    Beam 28'
    Draft 14'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion direct-drive diesel, twin screw

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    Osceola (YT/YTB/YTM-129)
    173k YFD-2 arrives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 23 August 1940, after being towed from New Orleans, LA. It is still marked "U.S. Naval Station New Orleans, La". Osceola (YT-129) is in the right foreground, assisting. One of the other tugs is probably Sunnadin (AT-28). An unidentified destroyer seaplane tender (AVD) is tied up at the Ford Island fuel dock, in the left center. Visible in the distance, moored on the other side of Ford Island, are (from left to right): Yorktown (CV-5), two destroyers, Wright (AV-1) and two light cruisers.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-411134
    Naval History & Heritage Command
    137k Osceola (YT-129), moored just after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Dave Wright
    84k Osceola (YT-129), along with other tugs, maneuver West Virginia (BB-48) on her way to Drydock No. 2, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 09 June 1942. The battleship had spent the last seven months sunken in the mud of Pearl Harbor after the attack of 07 December 1941. The tug behind Osceola is probably Nokomis (YT-142), with a Lapwing-class minesweeper visible behind her.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Jon Burdett
    updated caption: Karl Zingheim,
    USS Midway Museum
    105k Osceola (YT-129) 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

    Osceola (YT-129 / YTB-129 / YTM-129)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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