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Pokagon (YTM-746)
Pokagon (YTB-746) (1952 - 1962)
US Army Tug Lt. Col. George S. Gillis (1943 - 1952)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Pokagon Class District Harbor Tug (Medium)
  • Built by Equitable Equipment Co., Madisonville, LA (YN 156)
  • Completed for the US Army as the unnumbered large steel tug Lt. Col. George S. Gillis, Apr 1943
  • Gillis served in the Caribbean during World War Two
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1952
  • Placed in service as the District Harbor Tug (Large) Pokagon (YTB-746), 1952
  • Assigned to the 10th Naval District, at San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug (Medium) (YTM-746), February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Registered to Porto Rico Lighterage Co., San Juan, PR as Coamo (ON 294181), 1964
  • Sold to Harbor Towing, Inc., Pascagoula, MS, renamed Viking, 1968
  • Sold to Caribbean Towing, Inc., New Orleans, LA, 1977
  • Later to Panamanian flag, renamed Cape Sable
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 390 tons (fl)
    Length 105'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 9 knots
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion Diesel, single screw

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    Pokagon 53k George Steele Gillis was born in Rio, Illinois, 13 April 1873. He served as a volunteer in the Spanish-American War; enlisted for commission in 1899. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army, 02 February 1902, eventually attaining the rank of Major of Infantry, 01 July 1920. Transferred to the Quartermaster Corps the same date, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 11 May 1921. He served as chief signal officer of the 79th Division during World War One. Gillis died in San Francisco after an operation, 14 September 1922.
    Lt. Colonel Gillis at the 79th Division Command post, between Malancourt and Montfalcon, France, 22 October 1918.
    Signal Corps photo #28492 (cropped), National World War I Museum and Memorial catalog number 2007.45.120
    Dave Wright
    Pokagon (YTB-746)
    Pokagon 53k Pokagon (YTB-746) underway in the Caribbean, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    Pokagon (YTB-746 / YTM-746)
    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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