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Winnemucca II (YTB-785)

(YTB-78B: dp. 356 (f.); l. 109'; b. 31'; dr. 14'; s. 12 k. (tl.); cpl. 12; cl. Natick)

A city in northwestern Nevada situated on the Humboldt River. Winnemucca is the seat of government for Humboldt County.


The second Winnemucca (YTB-785) was laid down in September 1965 at Marinette, Wis., by the Marinette Marine Corp.; launched in December 1965; delivered to the Navy in April 1966; and placed in service in June 1966.

Initially assigned to the 5th Naval District, the large harbor tug operated in the Norfolk area until the following spring. Reassigned at that time to Vietnam, she arrived in that country on 10 June and, for the remainder of America's involvement in that conflict, she served with Task Force 117, the Mobile Riverine Force. During her almost six years of combat operations on the rivers and in the swamps of South Vietnam, Winnemucca earned two Presidential Unit Citations and four Navy Unit Commendations. At the end of America's participation in that civil war in 1973, the tug was reassigned to the 17th Naval District and operated out of Adak, Alaska. That tour of duty ended late in 1975 when the ship began service at San Francisco, attached to the 12th Naval District. As of 1 January 1979, Winnemucca, was still active at San Francisco.

Winnemucca earned 13 battle stars during the Vietnam conflict.

Published: Tue Nov 03 10:27:34 EST 2015