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Winnemucca (YTB-785)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Xray - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (13) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI
  • Laid down, 23 September 1965
  • Launched, 23 December 1965
  • Delivered, 05 April 1966
  • Placed in service as Winnemucca (YTB-785) and allocated to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, VA, June 1966
  • During the Vietnam War Winnemucca was assigned to Task Force 117, the Mobile Riverine Force and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    10 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation II
    1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969

  • Reassigned to the Seventeenth Naval District at Adak, AK, 1973
  • Reassigned to the Twelfth Naval District at San Francisco, CA, 1975
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 December 1995
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for reuse/conversion to LMW Investments Inc. Chula Vista, CA. for $67,822, 22 December 2003
  • Resold to Greger Pacific Marine Inc, for service as an offshore tug, renamed Noelani (ON 1186783)
  • Currently active, homeported in Honolulu, HI
  • Winnemucca earned 13 campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Winnemucca (YTB-785)
    Winnemucca 77k Winnemucca (YTB-785) moored in Vietnam, date unknown. She assisted the Mark (AKL-12) when she lost rudder control going down the Long Tau River in November 1970. It was strange that the tug boat was only a hundred yards away when the rudder jammed.
    Photo and info contributed by Matty Veneziano
    Tommy Trampp
    Winnemucca 90k Winnemucca (YTB-785) in drydock at Subic Bay, date unknown, but during her Vietnam service.
    Photos contributed by Matty Veneziano
    Tommy Trampp
    Winnemucca 98k
    Winnemucca 63k Winnemucca (YTB-785) moored at Nha Be, South Vietnam outboard of YFU-57 and YFU-55, late 1968.
    Photo contributed by Ray Longaker. Photo by Bruce Attebery.
    Robert Hurst
    YRBM-16 310k YRBM-16 being towed down the Mekong River, in January 1971 by Winnemucca (YTB-785). Photo by LTjg Moe Letlow SC USNR, Supply Officer, YRBM16
    LCT-709 119k Winnemucca (YTB-785) and YFU-57 moored at Nha Be Vietnam, June 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Winnemucca 63k Winnemucca (YTB-785) moored at Nha Be, South Vietnam, June 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    Winnemucca 63k From front to back: Winnemucca (YTB-785), Accomac (YTB-812 and Poughkeepsie (YTB-813) moored at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, in August 1980. Photo by Robert M. Cieri
    Commercial Service
    Winnemucca   Ex-Winnemucca (YTB-785) in commercial service as the Greger Pacific Marine Inc.'s offshore tug Noelani underway, date and location unknown. Greger Pacific Marine Inc.
    Winnemucca 66k Pacific Towboat Service tug Noelani underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo contributed by Ray Longaker to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Robert Hurst
    Winnemucca 66k Noelani out of the water at Marine Group Boat Yard, Chula Vista, CA, 25 February 2018.
    Photo copyright George Schneider.
    George Schneider

    Winnemucca (YTB-785)
    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
    Brown Water Navy - Tug Boats of Vietnam
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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    Last Updated 25 April 2018