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Bill Trail Bill Trail from Macon, GA wrote on November 14, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger Guestbook Monitor
Ed McFadden Ed McFadden from Warrenton, Or wrote on November 12, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Ed, Thanks for your prompt reply and the old photos, Rodger NAFTS Secretary
Robert van Vugt Robert van Vugt from Roswell, GA wrote on November 10, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your prompt reply. Your Complimentary TOWLINE magazine is on its way to you. Rodger NAFTS Membership
Don Edwards Don Edwards from NJ wrote on November 4, 2011:
I run a web site, 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
Admin Reply:
Sorry, All of our ATO 131 Bobolink shipmates are deceased. Rodger NAFTS Membership
David K. Bradrick David K. Bradrick from Trotwood, Ohio wrote on October 24, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
Charlie Moser Charlie Moser from Mo./ Aiea, Hawaii wrote on October 24, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the good wishes. We had a great time. The local Diver Unit came to our reunion and showed us their equipment. I sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger Dana GUEST BOOK Monitor
John Imparato John Imparato from Arlington VA wrote on October 24, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the entry. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,WI wrote on October 18, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Leon, Thanks for the good wishes; we wish you could join us at NAFTS reunion 2011 in Hawaii. See you at Norfolk next October, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor ______________________________
JEFF DARLING JEFF DARLING from LYNN,MA wrote on October 15, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Jeff, Sorry you can't make it to Hawaii. We will look for you at Norfolk next October. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
RM1 John Stafford RM1 John Stafford from Marietta, Ga. wrote on September 30, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail RKDana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
harbin richard (* * *) mosier harbin richard (* * *) mosier from lachine mi wrote on September 14, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Hey, shipmate! We miss you at NAFTS. Rodger, Membership Chairman
Mike Edwards Mike Edwards from Wooster, Ohio wrote on September 5, 2011:
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!!!!
Admin Reply:
Mike, Your application for NAFTS membership has been received. The latest issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine has been mailed to you. Welcome Aboard! Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary & Membership Chairman
David Beckman David Beckman from Council Bluffs,IA wrote on September 1, 2011:
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.
David Beckman David Beckman from Council Bluffs,IA wrote on August 31, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
David, One of our members who is familiar with Archives is looking for an answer. His name is Bob Campbell and may contact you. sincerely, Rodger , GUESTBOOK Monitor
Marcey Hunter Marcey Hunter from Norfolk, VA wrote on August 30, 2011:
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!
Admin Reply:
Marcey, Thanks for the kind words. We try very hard to preserve the memory of shipmates like your father. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Daniel Dube Daniel Dube from Sandown, New Hampshire wrote on August 24, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Daniel, Thanks for your entry in our NAFTS GUESTBOOK. Please send your mailing address to me so I can send you a complimentary members-only issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine. Please substitute @ for 'at' in my e-address. sincerely, Rodger Dana, GUESTBOOK monitor
John Inman John Inman from Huntsville, AL wrote on August 20, 2011:
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?
Admin Reply:
John, Please go to: ore/stores.htm for our NAFTS ships store items. Thanks for asking, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown from Diamond, IL wrote on August 10, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Charlie, Thanks for your entry in our guestbook. I have forwarded your USS Escape photo to our TOWLINE magazine publisher Rich Tetrault. warm regards, Rodger, Guestbook monitor.
bill oser bill oser from akron ohio wrote on August 3, 2011:
served on yard tug ytb753 in gitmo 1964-1965
Admin Reply:
Bill, Thanks for the input. Would you like to read an issues of our members-only TOWLINE magazine? If so, send your mailing address to me at Membership at . sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership
Leland (Skipper) Lash, BMCS(DV) Ret Leland (Skipper) Lash, BMCS(DV) Ret from East Tawakoni, Texas wrote on July 22, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one Chanticleer shipmate who served aboard 1970-73, LCDR John W. Ackerman USN. You can obtain the Chanticleer log books from the National Archives in Maryland. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESBOOK Monitor
James Bowell James Bowell wrote on July 19, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Jim, I sent you an E-mail about ATR 81 and a NAFTS member who served aboard ATR 81 in WW2. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
John S. Haro John S. Haro from Seattle wrote on July 18, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
The ex-ATF 95 is in private hands. Search for it as ZUNI/Tamaroa.
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery Steve "Big Uss" Ussery from White Lake, NC wrote on July 8, 2011:
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?
Admin Reply:
Steve, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about this. Please reply. Rodger, NAFTS Secretary
Lynn R. Miller Lynn R. Miller from Kentucky wrote on July 3, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the update on Bolster & Clamp Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
jim packer jim packer from san diego wrote on June 24, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
That would be very helpful. We have a great number of Chickasaw shipmates as members and they would surely enjoy the photos! sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Robert Englund Robert Englund from Roanoke VA wrote on June 23, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Wow! Do you have any photos or other items concerning this event? The ex-ZUNI (Cutter Tamaroa)is tied up in the Portsmouth/Norfolk area. It belongs to a Vets Non-Profit. Look for it using a web search engine. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
frank frank from forson wrote on June 15, 2011:
Very honest,kind and interesting.
Admin Reply:
Frank, Thanks for visiting our NAFTS Guestbook. We appreciate your comments. NAFTS is now 21 years old,and has 1400 members, with annual reunions and TOWLINE magazine. sincerely, Rodger Dana, Guestbook monitor
CDR Gary J. Patenaude CDR Gary J. Patenaude from Maryland wrote on June 7, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one member remaining who served on Narragansett 1943-45. NAFTS privacy policy prohibits disclosing members personal data to non-members. Please contact Rodger at RDana at sincerely, Rodger, GUEST BOOK Monitor _______________________________ ______________________
bill sexton bill sexton from aquilla texas wrote on June 6, 2011:
was stationed onboard cgc chilula watf 153 1962-1964. please email any info you mite have. bill sexton thanks very much.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you a e-mail sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
William Sweeney William Sweeney from Philadelphia PA. wrote on June 5, 2011:
I served on YTB 760 in 1987 / It was a wonderful expierence. i wish i could do it again.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail from RKDana Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Phil Hollis Phil Hollis from Tulsa, OK. Now in Idaho wrote on June 3, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Phil, I sent you a e-mail sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
Bill Pitcher Bill Pitcher from Pine, Colorado wrote on May 10, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Bill, Nice talking to you today. Illl send you a complimentary issue of the NAFTS TOWLINE magazine. your shipmate, Rodger Guest Book Monitor
Jerry M Brittsan Jerry M Brittsan from Holtville CA wrote on May 5, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for checking in, Jerry. I sent you an e-mail from Membership at, Rodger Dana, Guestbook monitor
Joe Nichols Joe Nichols from San Diego, CA wrote on May 1, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Thanks for your entry. Rodger Guest Book Monitor
John Hunt John Hunt from Enumclaw, Washington wrote on April 11, 2011:
Thanks for NAFTS and its members.
Admin Reply:
John, Thank you for the praise. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
charles clark charles clark from south fulton tenn wrote on March 24, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Charles, I have updated the record. Thanks for your input, Rodger NAFTS Membership
marvin * * * marvin * * * from quincy washington wrote on March 20, 2011:
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 * * *
Admin Reply:
Marvin, Thanks for the phone number, Rodger, Guest Book monitor
Clinton Johnson Clinton Johnson from Englewood Florida wrote on March 17, 2011:
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
Admin Reply:
Sorry, we have no members associated with YT-160. Rodger, Guest Book Monitor
William Yaconiello William Yaconiello from East Hartford, CT wrote on February 27, 2011:
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.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about your problem Rodger NAFTS Guest Book Monitor
Cliff Selby Cliff Selby from Denver Co wrote on February 17, 2011:
I served aboard the YTB 406 in sasebo Japan under Tierney Bos'n Mate 1 st class from 1960 . Sasebo Japan through 1961
Admin Reply:
Thanks for visiting our NAFTS Guestbook. NAFTS has hundreds of YTB shipmates. A YTB graced the cover of a recent issue of the NAFTS members-only TOWLINE magazine. Rodger Guestbook Monitor visit
charles e clark charles e clark from south fulton tenn wrote on February 4, 2011:
received the towline a couple days ago really enjoyed it the article about the zuni/tamarao foundation got my attention so i sent in my membership dues plus a little donation to help keep the old girl afloat i served aboard two fleet tugs i scrapprd i foreign navy i am 82 yrs young and if i can build up enough steam i will visit the the zuni atf 95 in norfolk in the summer 2011 i know east main street has been decommissioned but i can live with that it would be a nice thing if all the nafts members could find it in their hearts to become a member of the foundation to keep her afloat THANK YOU MR JAEGER FOR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the kind words. I have forwarded your comments to Mr Harry Jaeger. Rodger, GUEST BOOK Monitor
george g patrick george g patrick from hubert , north carolina wrote on January 18, 2011:
inclosed is my 25.00 member dues . please add me to membership. i served on the uss tawakoni atf 114 during the korean war with my brother, jimmy , we served as seamen together. a special time in our lives we can never forget. information enclosed about my just released book, "on the sea of purple hearts". a 260 page story of our fight against communism then and now.can it be listed/cover shown on the nafts website ? thank you . george g patrick,hubert n c 910 376 2797
Admin Reply:
George, Thanks for joining NAFTS. I have received the complimentary copy of your book and will read it soon. We have a few Tawakoni shipmate members that served aboard ATF 114 during the Korean War time-frame, SK2 Billy 'Jack' McCoy USN 1949-1951 Tawakoni (ATF 114) Capt. Stewart Tinsman USN(ret) 1951-1953 Tawakoni (ATF 114) EN3 Don Gray USN 1952-1954 Tawakoni (ATF 114) sincerely, your shipmate' Rodger Dana Guest Book Monitor
Jim Graver Jim Graver from Golden, Colorado wrote on January 7, 2011:
I was on the Cree ATF-84 from January 1968 to December 1969. Had a great time and enjoyed my duty. Worked in the ship's office was a PN3. Helmsman during GQ and sea and anchor detail. You can find me on Facebook.
Admin Reply:
I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
Michael Steele Michael Steele from Williamstown Ma. wrote on January 5, 2011:
Father was on ATR 8 WW11 Thanks!
Admin Reply:
Although NAFTS has many members who served on ATR vessels, no NAFTS members served on ATR 8 sorry, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK monitor
Chris Howlett Chris Howlett from England wrote on January 4, 2011:
Dear Sir, I have just tried to e-mail the British DSRTA member via the e-mail address on your web site. Unfortunately my e-mail was rejected as 'unknown address'. Do you have a current address for the British Deep Sea Rescue Tug Association? The reason I am trying to contact them is that I am planning an archaeological survey of the remains of the Mulberry Harbours and I know that many of the items were towed to France by the Deep Sea Tugs and I thought they may be interested. As the US tugs also played a large part in towing the Mulberry harbour items from Britain to Normandy it is possible that some of your members may also be interested. If so I would be delighted to hear from them. Many thanks Chris Howlett
Admin Reply:
I sent you a e-mail. Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
Joan Gallucci Joan Gallucci from Pearl River, NY wrote on January 2, 2011:
I was looking for some information about the history of the USS Oscela and the USS Louisville, both of which my Grandfather served on in WWI. His name was P. Flori. Thank you.
Admin Reply:
Try a web search for USS Osceola. sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS Guest Book Monitor
michael melone michael melone from kentucky wrote on December 31, 2010:
i found your site looking for information about the ship my grandfather served on during world war II. his name is michael melone, he served aboard the yp515 (ex at22 tadousac)in the soloman islands at guadalcanal and throughout "the slot" and onto japan. just curious if anyone may have any additional information about his ship or what became of it post-war. thank you, michael melone III.
Admin Reply:
Michael,I can't find any reference info on type YP. You might find the vessels wartime logs at the National Archives. For more info on the National Archives, do a web search for it. sorry, Rodger Guest Book Monitor
robert rosenheim,jr robert rosenheim,jr from elizabeth city,nc wrote on December 19, 2010:
My father,Robert D. Rosenheim served on ATA182 from 10/44-1/46. He was a Bos`n aboard her. Was trying to find some information about his service during WW2. Great site!
Admin Reply:
Robert, We currently have no ATA 182 members.Copies of the ships logs can be obtained from the National Archives for a fee. Sorry we can't help you, your shipmate, Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary
Bill Edes Bill Edes from Michigan wrote on December 18, 2010:
I served aboard the USS COCOPA ATF 101 from 1974 till 1978. I was an EN, we had some good men. We lost Mike Chamberlin a few months ago.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Bill, NAFTS no COCOPA members who served after 1970. If you will send your snail-mail address to me at, I'll send you a copy of our NAFTS quarterly, TOWLINE. NAFTS has been a Veterans non-profit since 1989, with 1500 members nation-wide. Your shipmate, Rodger, NAFTS Secretary
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell,La wrote on December 10, 2010:
Served as SM3,SM2,SM1 on USS Salish ATA 187 At New Orleans,La.(my hometown)then Mayport,Fl.Summer of 1958 to Dec1963.Retired May77 as SMC.Never seasick but what a ride.My younger brother(retired StewBurner)served with me. Would like to hear from former shipmates.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your reply to my NAFTS e-mail. Rodger NAFTS Secretary