USS Sotoyomo (YTM-9)
USS Sotoyomo (YTM-9/YT-9/Harbor Tug No.9) was a harbor tug built at the turn of the twentieth century. She saw service in both World War I and World War II and was heavily damaged by the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Sotoyomo was the oldest vessel at Pearl Harbor in service at the time of the attack.
USS Sotoyomo in Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington.
|Builder:||Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California|
|Laid down:||2 March 1903|
|Launched:||20 August 1903|
|Christened:||21 April 1904|
|Completed:||1 March 1904|
|Commissioned:||1 July 1911|
|Struck:||26 February 1946|
|Identification:||Harbor Tug No.9|
|Fate:||Scuttled off Leyte, September 1946|
|Length:||97 ft (30 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft 11 in (6.68 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)|
|Installed power:||one 13" x 32" steam engine one coal-fired single ended cylindrical boiler,|
|Propulsion:||single propeller 450shp|
|Speed:||11.1 kn (20.6 km/h; 12.8 mph)|
Sotoyomo was laid down in 1903 and struck in 1946. It served in both World War I and World War II.
The name Sotoyomo commemorates a part of the war-like Sioux tribe of Indians.
Attack on Pearl HarborEdit
Sotoyomo was in floating dry dock YFD-2 with USS Shaw undergoing overhaul when Pearl Harbor was attacked 7 December 1941. Explosions and fires on Shaw greatly damaged Sotoyomo which resulted in total submersion. Originally Sotoyomo was deemed a total loss, but she was later refloated, repaired, and rehabilitated.
Further service in World War IIEdit
Sotoyomo served throughout World War II in various locations across the Pacific.
|World War I Victory Medal|
|American Defense Service Medal|
|Combat Action Ribbon (Attack on Pearl Harbor)|
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|1 battle star (World War II)|
- World War II Informational Fact Sheets. Education Resources Information Center. p. 52.
- Wallin, Homer N. (1968). Pearl Harbor: Why, How, Fleet Salvage and Final Appraisal (PDF). Naval History Division. p. 206.