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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Fuel Oil Barge (Non-Self-propelled):
Built in 1939, at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding, Sparrows Point, MD., for the Mobil Oil Co.
Launched, date unknown
Placed in service by Mobil Oil Co. as SS Mobilube
Torpedoed off Australia in 1943, disabling her engine
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 July 1943, designated floating oil storage facility YON-164
During World War II YON-164 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Length 488' 4"
Beam 68' 4"
Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
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|SS Mobilube underway soon after completion in 1939. Note the Mobil flying horse stack marking. SS Mobilube took a torpedo in her engine room off Australia in January 1943 and was acquired by the US Navy for use as a floating oil storage facility under the Navy designation YON-164. The tanker was restored to full service as a tanker after World War II.
Photo courtesy The Steamship Historical Society of America
There is no DANFS history available for YON-163 at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 April 2013
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