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Kittaton (YTM-406)
Kittaton (YTB-406) (1944 - 1962)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Yankee - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Sassaba Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Brooklyn, NY
  • Laid down as YT-406, date unknown
  • Redesignated Harbor Tug, Large YTB-406, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Delivered to the Navy in December 1944
  • Placed in service as Kittaton (YTB-406), Officer in Charge, ENS. T. J. Barfield in command
  • Allocated to Service Forces, Pacific Fleet, assigned to Apra, Guam, Marianas Islands, arriving in June 1945
  • Reassigned to Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, February 1947
  • Assigned to Naval Base Subic Bay, date unknown
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-406, February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, 23 April 1987
    Displacement 238 tons
    Length 10'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Kittaton 769k Kittaton (YTB-406) underway off Naval Aviation Base, Saipan. Date unknown - caption states released 08 February 1950.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-452865, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Dave Wright
    General LeRoy Eltinge 90k Kittaton (YTB-406) and a Navy patrol craft escort General LeRoy Eltinge (T-AP 154) as she leaves Sasebo, Japan, en route to the U.S. with over 1500 Korean War Army veterans on board, 30 April 1951.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-428659, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    YF-866 209k Kodiak (YF-866), YFR-888, Kittaton (YTM-406) and an unidentified tug laid up at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, circa 1981. Note that "YF-888" has been photo shopped onto the stern of Kodiak. Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.

    Kittaton (YT-406 / YTB-406 / YTM-406)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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