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Geronimo I (YT-119)

(YT-119: dp. 270; l. 110' 6"; b. 24'; dr. 8' 1")

Geronimo, the great Chief of a Chiricahua band of Apache Indians, was born about 1829 in the Territory of Arizona. A champion of his people and fighter against restrictions placed upon them, he escaped from custody time and time again to lead bands of Apaches in retaliatory actions until he finally agreed to surrender to General Nelson A. Miles in 1886. Geronimo was later settled in Alabama with a number of his tribe, finally transferring to Fort Sill in present Oklahoma. He died in 1909.

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The first Geronimo (YT-119), a harbor tug, was built at the Navy Yard, Boston, Mass., and commissioned at Boston 7 March 1933 as YT-119. She was named Geronimo and reclassified YTM-119, 15 May 1944. She served in the 14th Naval District at Pearl Harbor as a service craft until being placed out of service at Honolulu 30 August 1946. Geronimo was struck from the Navy List 30 December 1946 and was sold by the War Assets Administration to John Hanson 13 July 1948.

Published: Mon Jul 13 09:50:30 EDT 2015