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USAS Major J. R. Wessely (FS-80) (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Built by John F. Duthie & Co., Seattle WA
  • Launched, 10 April 1912
  • Completed for Alaska Whaling Co., Seattle, WA, as the whaler Unimak (ON 209710), 1912
  • Sold to Pacific Sea Products Co., 1914
  • Sold to American Pacific Whaling Co., Seattle, WA, 1928
  • Acquired by the US Army, enamed USAS Major J. R. Wessely (FS-80), 1942
  • Operated in Alaskan waters
  • Declared excess to needs by the US Army, October 1944
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 18 November 1944
  • Placed in service as YAG-33, 22 November 1944
  • Stationed at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, WA, 1944-45
  • Placed out of service, 02 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Sold back to American Pacific Whaling, 10 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, abandoned 1949
    Displacement 146 gross tons
    Length 100'
    Beam 19' 2"
    Draft 12' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one single shaft triple expansion steam engine (11" 18" 29" x 24")
    one propeller, 350shp

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    YAG-33 7k Major Joseph Rudolph Wessely (20 December 1887-29 December 1932), QMC, US Army. Wessely was murdered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, along with his wife and another couple, by a crazed soldier who was upset over being demoted. The soldier was subsequently shot and killed by a provost guard. The Army named FS-80 in his honor. Dave Wright
    Commercial Service
    YAG-33 38k As Unimak, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Puget Sound Maritme Historical Society
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-33 at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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