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.
Served on uss cree 68 69 had too much fun,,find me on face book ...if your an old shipmate and would like to reconnect..
Would like to meet ship mates from U.S.S Moctobi ATF-105.From years 1975-1977. Please contact me at 502-662-0279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I served on the Hombro YTM 769 as a FN/EN3 5/68 to 5/69 at DaNang Viet Nam and the on the USS Tawasa ATF 92 as a EN3/EN2 5/69 to 10/71. I would like to hear from anyone who was on the Tug when I was. I think this is a great web site.
Trying to get into membership for a Phone # of fellow Munsee Tugger - NO LUCK. Tried twice SNL. We lost one of our own this week end - need to let him know. Thanks.
The USS Reno was torpedoed during November 1944 and was towed to Ulithi for temporary repairs by The USS Zuni . The Reno was subsequently towed to Manus Island for dry docking and arrived there about December 23, 1944. Would like to know if anyone knows what fleet tug towed the Reno to Manus.
Just saw Clark on the Oprah show. I'm gonna get me a kilt.
I was an RM3 on the USS Salinan form 1972 to the fall of 1974. While I was on the Salinan we made a North Atlantic Cruise where we towed a ship laying cable.(can't remember the name of the ship). The tow was a disaster, several men were injured and an officer committed suicide as a result. When we transfered the men to the cable layer the seas were rough and the Salinan broadsided the ship and opened a hole on the starboard side of the ship. Does anybody remember that cruise and if so do they remember the name of the officer who committed suicide?
Hi tuggers, just stopped by for a quick visit. I was aboard the USS Lipan ATF-85 in 1956 as a RM2. Great bunch of guys aboard. Enjoyed my time aboard. Great website, keep up the great work. Stop by occasionaly just to ready the guestbook
Served on USS Escape Oct 57 to Aug 59.
If anyone served on USS Serrano, please contact me. I'm researching the ship, in order to build a scale replica for my father, Charlie. Please help out if you can.
My user name and password will not work. I am using the right ones but can not get in!
Howdy Shipmates Was on USS ABNAKI 67-70 and USS GRASP ARS-24(the origenal) 72-74. Both great duty! Like to hear from my shipmates.
I'd like learn about naval accidents.
My Dad also Walter Stillwaggon (Red) was a Captain on tugs in New York Harbor. Served in Greenland on a tug during WW2 is there anyone who served with him that could share any memories. Dad died in 1969
Hello, just passing through and found the site interesting. I served on the USS Sarsi from 1944-1945 as a Radar Operator. After leaving the service, I worked as a carpenter for 10 years, along with many other trades. I became employed as a Federal Meat Inspector for 25 years and retired from the USDA in 1979. I've enjoyed doing many things, including woodworking, car repair, remodeling, and etc. I married 9/14/1941, and we'll be celebrating 69 years this September. My wife and I had two children, a son and daughter. Feel free to contact me...I'd enjoy visiting with anyone. Thank you for all you and other's have done regarding the NAFTS.
I served aboard the USS Kiowa ATF-72 form '69 till '70 as a radioman. Does anyone remember our visit from the USS Waldron (DD-699) off the coast of N.C.? Service squadron sailors--the real Navy! I can still hear the shells,meant for the sleds,going over the ship.
Dear Sir: I stumbled upon your Spring 2010 Towline Newsletter while doing some research on my fathers service in the Navy during WWII. I delight to see the article about he USS Sonoma. My father, Wayne Bonar, was aboard the tug when it was hit by the Japanese aircraft. He was a machinist mate and was below decks at the time of the attack. He has told me the story of his escape through the ship's shafts to the upper decks and into the water. (By the way, he is alive and well and just turned 86 on June 10th) He went on to serve on the USS Don O Woods until the end of the war and was recalled during Korea and served aboard the USS Cross. We were surprised to see that the Sonoma was the first ship to be hit by a kamakazie as I have read that an Austrailian ship was the first. At any rate I will be printing the article to send to my dad in Michigan. Thank you !
I FOUND THAT THE YTB-410 WAS BEING TOWED TO MIDWAY IDLAND SOME TIME AFTER I WAS TRANSFERED TO EMB SCHOOL IN 1959 IN A STORM SHE SUNK AND THE TOW LINES WERE CUT.
just wanted to say hi to all you tuggers.i served on board the USS UTINA ATF-163 from july 66-july 68.i have been in contact with PETE RYDER and CHARLIE PENDLETON my old shipmates.would love to hear from others. jeff
I WAS STATION ON THE ALLAMAKEE YTB-410 IN HAWAII FROM 1957 TO 1959 AS EM2 THE TUG WAS BEING TOWED FOR EXCHANGE WITH THE YTB-412 WHEN SHE BROOK LOSE AND SANK.
My father, John Ward, served aboard the USS Munsee-ATF107-during the Second World War. He served from Jan 1942 until the end of the war. He is alive and doing very well in Tulsa, OK. For years I have been trying to locate any of his old shipmates or John Pingley the ships Commander. For years he did not talk much about his experiences in the Navy, but during the last several years he speaks with great reverence about his time aboard the Munsee and the great Commander and Crew he served with. If anyone can help me locate any of his shipmates or any type of reunion please contact me. John Ward US Army Retired 931 510 3110
Rodger - I'm trying to locate info on a harbor tug,(ETAWENA) that operated out of Mayport, FL in the early 1960's. I am not having much luck going through USN websites so I thought if anyone would know, it'd be you. I have an old sailor (EN3) here that I'd like to surprise with a photo and maybe a model of the tug. Many thanks! L. Killen
I was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Hitchiti ATF 103 from Sept. 1959 to Dec. 1962. I went aboard as an ICFN right out of IC and MPO schools. I was discharged as an ICE5. I thought then and still do think it was the best possible duty in the Navy. As the only IC rate on board, there was nowhere else to look if something I was responsible for went wrong. I worked under the EM E6 and with the EM's most of the time, again, great training. During my time aboard, we made 2 WESPAC cruises, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Okinawa, Formosa (Taiwan), Panama, Mexico, and SAR duty in Alaska. In addition to towing targets for all kinds of ships and aircraft.
Back in 1943, there were 10-12 of us PO's transferred from the USS Bowditch to new construction on the East Coast. At least half of us were going ATF's. I wonder if any made it to NAFTS. One of them was a CM2/ who I last saw at the receiving station in Charleston SC. I remembered him telling me that everytime our old ship which was 10M tons hauled anchor he would get seasick and he wondered how he would make out on a fleet tug. Glad to see we are back on line
Apoligize for the site being down for most of the weekend. It was server problems and out of our control. Note that the guest book has been updated to a new version. The Spammers were catching up to the old one. Enjoy
I SERVED ON THE USS TAWASA ATF92 FROM JUNE 1954 'TILL MARCH 1957. IT WAS A GREAT TIME. WE TOWED A FLOATING CRANE UP TO SAIGON IN '54. LITLE DID WE KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO GO ON AFTERTHAT. WE THOUGHT IT WAS TO HELP THE FRENCH. OH WELL!
ENJOYED READING COMMENTS IN GUEST BOOK BUT DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO REVIEW THEM ALL TODAY. BUT REAL INTERESTING. MY MB NO 1264
My dad served on the USS ATR 77 in World War II from April til July of 1946. Are there any shipmates out there, we have pictures he took while on board.
.ROGER,I recieved your MAIL.My address is 2938 center pt. rd.N.E. cedar rapids IA. 52402
roger do you have a mr. pete listed on the molala atf 106 in 1964?
I just found this site and am looking for some of my old tug mates I served on the YTB 779 Manhatten from 2/66-9/67. I would enjoy hearing from anybody who served on the 779
G'day Roger Thanks for trying to reply to my request but I did not receive you email. Could you try again. Many thanks. jq
Was aboard the USS Munsee ATF107 1960-1961 road her to WESPAC before being transfered to USS Surfbird ADG383. It would be good to hear from anyone who served at the same time....Bruce Pease are you out there? Thanks for a great web site.
Served on U.S.S.Tawakoni ATF-114 1972 to 1975
I have just joined NAFTS and with the help of RODGER DANA I have already been in contact with two of my old shipmates. It has been forty two years since I saw any of my shipmates. I hope to find many more through NAFTS. Thanks for such a good and efficient organization. CHARLIE PENDLETON
Served on board YTM-370 Subic Bay, PI in 1968.
G'day All I am looking for information on a Chrysler twin tug that was used during WW2. I have been trying to track it down for many years. How can I post a picture of on this web site? I have an assembly manual in PDF and the original is in The Australian Maritime Museum which was donated by a good friend of mine. His father was in WW2 but the family did not know if this manual until after he died. I hope some one can help Cheers John Quigley
Looking for Hap Haris .Served on Moloala 1963.Iwas a enginman 3rd at the time She was a good ship and crew
I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE VIETNAM 65&66 SERVED AS CAPTAIN ON ARMY ST2130. SWORN IN ARMY AS W1 AT PATRICK AFB. ONE YEAR AT FORT EUIST THEN BACK TO NAM FOR HALF OF 67&68.RETIRED 1970.
I am proud to have served on The original U S S Grasp ARS 24, from 1967 to 1969. I am glade to say that I am still in contact with my Capt. and XO.. Wish I could find some more shipmates. Would Like to hear from Jackson..Are you out there ?
Very nice site for tug sailors to reunite. I am an army veteran trying assist a Navy tug veteran veteran friend who served on the U.S.S. A.T.R. 8 which was in New York in Feb of 1947. He showed me a photo of their crew taken February 21, 1947. He would be interested in hearing from anyone who was also assigned to that crew then or relatives of them. Enjoyed looking through all the memories and comments.
My father Raymond O. Rebmann served on the harbor tug YTL 312 in the South Pacific from September to December 1945. From about mid-October until December he was effectively in charge of the tug. I found a comment from Fred Reep in an email thread that gave some information about YTL 312 and I was wondering if he could supply more details about it. I believe Mr. Reep is a member of your organization. Thanks Peter Rebmann Gainesville, Fl.
ARMY'S LT454 68/69 CREW.
Served 1963 t1965 Great Ship and Crew of the Molola Atf 106 cg
I was a radioman aboard the USS Escape ARS-6 from late 1968 to Dec. 1971. Just interested in trying to find any old shipmates from that era.
My father, CDR Jerry Jones (RET) was the skipper of MAHOPAC in the mid 60's. While searching the web for some pictures of the ship's he served on for a collage, I came across a picture from the bridge of MOHOPAC in the Me Kong Delta (circa 1965/66). Unfortunately, I can no longer find the site. I do remember that it had a number of pages of pictures, and I believe it was set up by Ron Smith. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Hello fellow Tuggers. I've been aware of this site for several years now, and finally feel compelled to join-in. Thanks for being here. I served aboard the USS Molala (ATF-106) in 1977-78. I was one of her decommissioning crew that also took her on her last West-Pac, Equator crossing and two TTPI's (remember them???). Watch for a new (second) version of the Mighty MO's ships patch.
Tawakoni TF114 Joe Wasco, I served as an FN snipe 68 & 69. Remember Mike Tenneson engine man, Sledge who smoked those green cigars and Dunbar the launderer, also ski the deck mate? Our Captain was Ray Mulhen....Remember "Domain Of The Golden Dragon" International Dateline crossing.
great site I served in San Diego service craft craft electrician 1968 - 1970 EMFA - EM2 YTM 405 YTM 772 YTM 374 Jerry St.Hilaire CPO USNR-ret
My Dad served in Hawaii around 1945. He served on a Tug which was converted from a PT boat. He served in the Army and was on loan to the Navy as a diesel mechanic. At one time the tug was used a R&R vessel for Generals, high ranking Officers, etc. If anyone has any information on this please let me know. This is the information I have please forgive me for any inaccuracies and improper use of terms.