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Wapello (YNt-24)
Wapello (YN-56) (1941-1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Lima
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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

  • Laid down, date unknown, as the tug R. K. Evans at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., General Motors Corp., Cleveland, OH.
  • Completed, April 1941
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 June 1941, renamed Wapello (YN-56)
  • Placed in service 9 June 1941
  • Wapello was at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  • Reclassified YNt-24, 7 April 1942
  • Placed out of service, 23 October 1946, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 November 1946
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 3 May 1947
  • Sold in May 1947 for commercial service, renamed Anna Coppedge
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Colorado Point
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Creole Firme
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed Island No.1 re-flagged Panamanian
  • Renamed Gorgona II, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, wrecked from a ship crushing her in one of the Panama Canal Lochs, date unknown, towed Miraflores Lake where she sunk
  • Wapello earned one battle star for World War II service
    Length 102' 2"
    Beam 24' 0"
    Draft 9' 6"

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    Wapello (YN-56) / (YNt-24)
    Wapello 69k Wapello (YN-56) on builders dock, stern view, date and place unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 69k Wapello (YN-56) on the builders dock, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., port bow view, date unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 58k Wapello (YN-56) on builders dock, Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX., starboard bow view, date unknown. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Wapello 53k Wapello (YN-56) rough log for, 7 December 1941, Pearl Harbor. Larry R Wendell, Jr.
    Commercial Service
    Wapello 85k This photo is believed to be ex-Gorgona II, ex -Wapello (YNt-24) partially sunk in Miraflores Lake, Panama, date unknown. A Panama Society photo. Larry R Wendell, Jr.

    Wapello (YN-56 / YNt-24)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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