The NAFTS Guest Book is a place for sailors and families of sailors to ask questions or make comments about Fleet Tug sailors, ships, reunions or related topics.
March 3, 2012 Hello and greeting to all. Alice P. Hatcher, my grandmother, christened the USS Arapaho, ATF-68, here in Charleston, SC, 1943. A few photographs, framed letters, a postcard from then the assistant undersecretary James Forrestal written in pencil to her; and an engraved Ship's Silver Plate presented to grandmother remain with the family here in Charleston. Six of her seven sons were serving active duty at the time of christening; the seventh had tried to join but failed the medical exam. 5 sons served in the Navy and one the Army. One son, a naval aviation repairman, was stationed on Ford Island December 7, 1941, was wounded and still able to help to fight the fires on his aircraft group. Three of her sons were awarded officer commissions during the war, 2 for the US Navy and one with the US Army. The army member was assigned to the British in 1940 and fought with them in North Africa in the earlier fights with their open-turret tank corp. Jim Hatcher, Charleston, SC
my friend willie wells from stony creek va, would love to hear from any shipmates.he was on accokeek ata-181 in philly from may 59 to 1961.his no is434-246-6421
Came across your site by chance may I take the oppertunity of expressing hearful thanks for renewing old memories.As you realise I am not a member but I did serve on the British rescue tug Empire Sandy from 1944 to 1945,then joined various other shipping companies in the UK ending up in the police service,I was only a fifteen year old lad when I ran away from home in Wales and managed to join Empire Sandy, they did not ask awkward question about your age on the Tugs and as a youngster I wanted to enlist. Apologies for intruding but I was thrilled in seeing your site. Kindest Regards Sam
I stumbled across your site and glad Idid.Iserved on USS PAIUTE ATF-159 from 68 to 69 as an EM/3
Hi Capt. W. Nickelson, hope to see you and Michael Edwards at this year's (2012)reunion. I am looking foreward to being there . I served on the U S S Grasp ARS 24 from 1967 to 1969.
Looking for info on the US NAVY TUG ATR 8, was my fathers (John D. STEELE)ship until 1946 . Anything would be helpful. IN 1946 or 47 ship had an 8ball on the stack. Thanks Michael Steele
My dad was chief petty officer Richard David. Nuttall, the ships doctor, and was always referred to as "doc".in addition, he was the diver, and ran the decompression chamber,among other duties. We were stationed in Hawaii, and lived in the housing at the very end of pearl city pennisula from 1955 to 1961. I was. The oldest at the time, and rember when Hawaii was made the 49 th state, they had the sea planes always taking off just past where we lived. Within a few minutes walk I could go to this.little pier, and fish for crabs from the pilings, and straight across was ford island, and what W's left of the Arizona. There were still sunken ships, some upside down still. I remember hearing about the raising the midget sub, my dad being one of the divers. I remember going on the ship several times as a kid, and seeing the ship. Coming back from wespac cruises
Anybody out there from Allegheny 1965-1967 I still live in Brooklyn? GILLIAM
I served proudly as a BM3, aboard the USS Cree ATF84 from 1971 through 1975. During my tour of duty, and not unlike many of my fellow shipmates, I had the fortune of having many memorable experiences both good and less than good. However, every experience helped shape how I conduct my life to present day. And, I would never change any moment of my sailor's life. Finally, I would entertain communication with other Cree "Ready" shipmates who would like to share their memories.
San francisco bay area news this morning; "old Navy tug sinks in Richmond harbor". This is one of the two ATFs moored at Richmond. The one sinking is the currently named "Tiger". I do not know what her commissioned name was. The news stories are available by GOOGLE search. Use the search words old navy tug sinks in Richmond, CA
Had a great time at the reunion in Hawaii. This was my first reunion but looking forward to many more. Thanks to everyone involved in making the HAWAII REUNION such a success. All your hard work is greatly appreciated.
I joined the deck crew of USS Grasp ARS24 after waiting several weeks on Guam for Grasp to return to port in March '68. I was mustered off the Grasp about 17 months later while Grasp was at anchor in DaNang Harbor, October/November 1969.
My father Norman Lee McFadden was a plank holder of the ATA 192, USS Tillamook. He served on the ship from 1944 when it was commissioned to early 1946. I have a photo of the crew on the back deck that I believe may have been the first crew of the vessel. I could not figure out how to send it to you on your web page. If you are interested then contact me VIA this email.
I served aboard the USS Nipmuc ATF-157 from Feb '74 thru Nov'76. Homeported at Mayport, Fl. Glad to see some still around. Lost touch with Bill Lawrence. Happy Veteran's Day to all. 11-11-11
I run a web site ussatlanta.com, and am trying to find photos of the the USS Atlanta after the Nov 13th battle off guadalcanal The Bobolink tried to tow Atlanta to Tulagi but she had to be scuttled. I was wondering if any photos of Bobolink might contain Atlanta during that operation. Thanks Don
Served on USS MATACO ATE-86 SAN DIEGO from 05/66 to 03/66. USS COUCAL ASR-8 PEARL HARBOR 4/76 to 9/77. And USS FLORIKAN ARS-9 PEARL HARBOR 7/85 to 7/86. Retired HTCM/DV 7/90 Wishing you all a good stay in Hawaii. Charlie Moser 808-753-1335.
Served on USS Salinan ATF 161 1968-69. My first ship, but not my last. Retired 1998. Still working for Navy at the Navy Yard in DC. This guestbook is great. Am I still a NAFTS member? Haven't seen Towline. Maybe I need a Dues bill. Keep up the good work. John
I was on the USS Matinuk (YTM-548)Guantanamo Bay Cuba,1974-75,USS Mataco (ATF-86)San Diego,1975-77 and the USS Safeguard (ARS-50)Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,1995-98. I retired in 2001 as an Enginman/Deep Sea Diver.
Have a good time in Oahu all my friends at NAFTS. See you next year in Norfolk. Is there a place where we can cut the cheese there? And Rich, I will bring some cheddah.
hope you all have a great time in OAHU.went there in SEPTEMER,2008.had a` great time.PEARL HARBOR was great.DIAMOND HEAD is a good take but a strenuous climb.have to be in good shape to climb it.lots of places for the ladies to shop.plenty of places to eat and drink.wish i was going.i sort of got sunk by the economy.trying to surface. SALUTE,JEFF
I served on the USS Catawba from 1969-1970, USS Piaute from 1970-1973 and the USS Nipmuc 1976-1978 some of my best duty was on the ocean going tug boats.
I served on the atf-103 (hitchiti) from 1953 to 1955.I was a en3/2 diver. transfered to ard-29 at subase pearl, married had 5 kids,teo still living in hawaii. retired after 30 yrs as mmcm(ss) nuclear machinist.
I served on the USS Grasp ARS 24 from 1966 to 1969. I was QMSN on the bridge with Lcdr. Nicholson and Lt. Duane Tucker. Was surprise to read in the guestbook that some of my ship mates are out there and looking for contact. I would love to hear from anyone that served on this ship during this time!!!!
Thank you Roger,This is what I've found thus far: Sunk 13 NOV 2004@ Lat22-55.0 N,Long 159-58.0 W Sunk by SealTeam for explosives training, using SBC 2510 fathoms(approx 15000 ft)Looking for photos,if any exist.
Served in CONSERVER ARS-39 Sept1967-Jul1970. She went to sea for the last time,as a target in SINKEX 2004 in the Hawaiian area.Am looking for any information about the sinking,ie,ships involved,ordnance used,coordinates,and any photos.Thank You,David B
My dad was the Boat Captain of the YTB-766, USS Wapakoneta, from 1965 until 1970. BMC Robert Burton. I enjoy your site very much!
I was on board USS Opportune ARS-41 from 83-86. Transited Korinth Canal in Greece in 85. Also spent over two months on Challenger recovery operation in 86.
A local artist noticed I was wearing a Navy ball cap and asked if I had ever saw a logo for your organization. I told him no, but I would ask around and see what I could find out. He had been asked by someone who had towed the USS Yorktown in WWII about a logo. Did the veterans from that era have their own logo?
Sent a picture of the USS Escape ARS 6 I took in November of 1962 at GTMO right after the Cuban Missle unpleasentness. Picture was taken from the USS Canisteo AO 99 with the Escape tied up to her port side. We often fueled small vessels from berth all the diesel powered ones took on JP5 we also carried various types of compressed gases in K cylinders. Don't remember why the Escape was alongside.
served on yard tug ytb753 in gitmo 1964-1965
Served on Chanticleer in 69-70 and looking for dates of our trip to Singapore. Also was on the Conserver from 74-76 Made CPO on Conserver.
Trying to find a good picture of ATR 81. My step dad served on her in WW2. His "official" picture has 81 on the bow, but the lifeboat has 56. His name was Louie Menesini. His uniform had a BM3 rating on the sleeve. Thanks, Jim
My dad was on an ATF in 52-53. [Q1] Does anyone know if there are any ATFs anywere in the U.S. that might be able to be toured ? [Q2] Where would the best source be for ATF models ? The model link on the NAFTS site is dead. Many thanks, I very much enjoy the NAFTS site and all their efforts. -John
The crew that decommissioned the Arikara has the ship's placque that hung in the wardroom. It was removed before the Chilean's took over. Is there somewhere it can be placed and seen by all the old crews?
I served aboard the Bolster ARRS-38 1952 - 1953 She is now scarp. Found this on line: The decorated Veteran continued to serve as a member of the US Pacific Fleet until her 1994 decommissioning, whereupon she was placed into reserve at Naval Station Long Beach. In 1999 she was turned over to MARAD and placed into the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, where she remained until her sale for scrapping in May 2010. Departing under tow with her SBRF neighbor USS Clamp on May 24th, the Bolster arrived at Brownsville, TX on June 10th, 2011 and was subsequently broken up.
My brother in law's uncle Richard Wellsbacher lives in san diego and is 91 and served as electrician on the Chickasaw ATF 83. He doesn't use a computer but has a huge number of pictures from that time and I'm going to try to get him in touch with your organizaton...He's sharp as a tack and a great guy.
Was a RMSN on the Caloosahatchee AO98 when the Hopi ATF 71 came alongside of us for fuel doing Operation Mariner when a wave picked up her bow and she landed on or Well deck doing a lot of damage on her bow area.
Very honest,kind and interesting.
I am looking for anyone who was aboard USS Narragansett during the Salerno invasion who would know of an assistance mission to USS Philadelphia. I am trying to corroborate for an award. Cheers, PATSY
was stationed onboard cgc chilula watf 153 1962-1964. please email any info you mite have. bill sexton thanks very much.
I served on YTB 760 in 1987 / It was a wonderful expierence. i wish i could do it again.
Served on USS Tawasa out of boot camp Sept.,1964 to about the end of 1965. Worked in Main Engine Room. Left as E4. Cruises include escorting Iranian mine sweepers to Panama via Acapulco. Adak, Alaska via Seattle.
Enjoyed your site very much, brought back good memories. Served as XO/Nav on USS Mataco (ATF-86) from 1972 to 1974 with many, many fine shipmates.
I was on board USS Koka ATA 185 from July 1958 until March 1963 I see you have a few pictures Do you have an address for Ens Brunner? Shown inspecting a damaged screw. Idoubt there are many around that was on board Koka she was given to Samoa and used as a power plant I heard she has been scraped. I see my dues are long overdue not sure I will be able to pay them
Just wanted to mention my father's name on your site. Frank Nichols, RM1c, originally from Rensselaer, New York, served on the USS Vent(ARS-29) from 15 June 1944 until the end of the war.
Thanks for NAFTS and its members.
roger i would appreciate if you would add lcdr roy a woodliff to the commanding officers list. he was skipper of the uss shakori atf 162 from november 1947 to may 1950 he was a mustang officer a good skipper a fine man thank you
Hi this marvin doing good i live over in kent washington close to my daughter my phone number is 509-398-6145 if you would like to reach me sincerly marvin * * *
My Dad (Naval Reserve Key West, FL) served aboard YT-160 in the invasion of Sicily. He served '43 through '45. I have a picture of the boat and am interested in contacting any sailor who served with my Dad. Thanks, Clint
I served on the USS ALLEGHENY and the USS ALSEA and wanted to add an obit of a tug boat sailor/officer to this guestbook and was prevented due to the length.