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Mike Stasiak Mike Stasiak from Bonneau Beach, SC wrote on July 5, 2009:
I served on USS Cocopa (ATF-101) in 1965-66 as an SK2. In desperate need of contact with anyone who was onboard in Oct 65 when we fouled screw in the buoy cable off Viet Nam. Need info for a disability claim. Please contact if you can help!
Admin Reply:
Mike, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger _________
Jack Campbell Jack Campbell from Middlesboro KY wrote on June 30, 2009:
Served aboard the U.S.S. Umpqua, ATA 209 as an RM2 from 1957-1961. Trying to find shipmates from that time period.
Admin Reply:
Jack, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
William OConnell William OConnell from New York wrote on June 17, 2009:
My father was a Chief MOMM, William Patrick O'Connell, everyone called him Buddy or Chief. He was on the USS Utina ATF 163 from 1948 until 1952. We lived in a house in Newtown at Guantanamo Bay during those years. If any one of your members knew my Dad I'd love to hear from them. My sisters and I are trying to make a history of our fathers 20 years in the Navy. Thank you in advance Bill
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Kevin Kevin from Massachusetts wrote on June 16, 2009:
Served as MK-2/1 on CGC Cherokee 1982-84. Much of the towing gear had been removed so it road even worse then most ATF's. Still had plenty of gut's in those big EMD 567's. I have tried unsuccessfully to learn about Cherokee's part in the No. Africa Invasion as a Navy ATF. Would love to locate log books from Nov. 1942- Jan.43. Also have been trying to get names of the ATF's involved in the recovery of USS Missouri grounding at Hampton Roads in Jan-Feb. 1950
Admin Reply:
Kevin, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS,com, Rodger
Randy Roberts Randy Roberts from Greenwood , IN wrote on June 11, 2009:
I'm trying to find info about the boat my Dad served on in WWII. I have a picture with no hull number. He passed away in 1971 before I could ask him questions about his sevice. His name was Hiram (Frank)Roberts and he severed from 1943 to 1945 in the Pacific. Any info please e-mail Rrlr554@aol.com
Admin Reply:
Randy, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Chris McMillen Chris McMillen from Canal Winchester, OH wrote on June 7, 2009:
My Grandpa, Linus Bishop served aboard the USS Pawnee (ATF-74) in WWII (1943-45). On amazon.com I found the book "We Will Stand By You" (about the Pawnee in WWII) and gave him a copy, Grandma said he must have read it 5 or 6 times! It was very cool to share that with him, He took notes and shared them with me. He's very proud to have served. Thank you to all who have served past & present.
Admin Reply:
Chris, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Jim Bendickson Jim Bendickson from Brandon Florida wrote on June 6, 2009:
I can not tell my father thank you anymore for his service on ATF-87 during WWII but I can still send my thanks to all of the Fleet tug sailors who served in WWII and especially during the D-DAY invasion in Normandy who are still alive. Thank you for your courage, honor, and sacrifice. Jim Bendickson ( Son of Edwin Bendickson ATF-87 - Moreno)
Admin Reply:
Jim, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com , Rodger
James E. McLeod James E. McLeod from Jacksonville, FL wrote on June 6, 2009:
Served aboard the USS Chowanoc (ATF-100) out of San Diego from fall 1963 to summer 1966. Made two Westpac cruises and spent time in DaNang harbor and Saigon River. Was ship's yeoman (YNSN, YN3, YN2) and served as Captain's phone talker on the bridge. Thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years aboard, and looking back, was probably my best times of the last 60 years. Would love to do them over again. Great times on liberty in Japan, Phillipines, Guam, Korea, Hawaii. Served under Capt (LT) Seagrist and XO (LTJG) Erwin. They changed me from a kid to a man in 3 years. Spent a lot of time in the XO's stateroom with his size 12 foot up my b***, but he deserves a lot of credit for what I turned out to be.
Admin Reply:
Jim, Thanks for promptly responding to my e-mail, Rodger
James Hadenfeldt James Hadenfeldt from Solon, Iowa wrote on May 30, 2009:
Served on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from Dec 1963 to May 1967
Admin Reply:
James, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Todd Anderson Todd Anderson from Wichita, Ks. USA wrote on May 18, 2009:
Just found the site cruising nautical links. I served aboard USS Reclaimer ARS-42 from 1980-1983 and on YTB's Redwing (YTB 783) and Washtucna (YTB 826)from 1987-89. Glad to see a site for old Salvors
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Leon Theriault Leon Theriault from El Cerrito, CA wrote on May 17, 2009:
Just purchased a light from the Tug Quapaw ATF 110... anyone have any info on it?
Admin Reply:
I sent you a reply from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Don Epperson Don Epperson from Albany, Oregon wrote on May 11, 2009:
Just read the 2009 Newsletter and have booked my room for the Golden Nugget for the November 2009 Reunion. I served on the USS QUAPAW (ATF-110)as a YN2/1 from 1968-1970
Admin Reply:
I sent you a reply from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Samuel Yardumian Samuel Yardumian from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. wrote on May 9, 2009:
For Dave Buskey - When were you on the Seneca? Sam Yardumian, IC3, 12/60 - 11/63
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Gerald G Gwin ENCS (SW) Gerald G Gwin ENCS (SW) from Bremerton, WA wrote on May 2, 2009:
Served on the USS Moctobi ATF-105 78-82 was SERVRON 5 Diesel Inspector 85-88
Admin Reply:
Senior Chief, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Donlea Lozano Donlea Lozano from California wrote on April 30, 2009:
(sorry about prior post - computer challenged) My father, Don Coughlan was an electrian's mate aboard the Seize beginning when it was commissioned in Vallejo, CA until the end of the war. The record says the ship was commissioned in Nov. 1944 - I have an original invitation to the commissioning ceremony that indicates the date was actually Dec. 1944. It is most interesting to have seen a post from someone Guest: Ed Sams AboutGuest: Ex Radarman who served with my Dad and may have known him!
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
ROBERT WILLISON ROBERT WILLISON from OHIO wrote on April 19, 2009:
HELLO ALL, I'M LOOKING FOR MY SHIPMATES ABOARD THE U.S.S. SOTOYOMO, ATA-121. I SERVED FROM 1952 TILL 1955. LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU. BOB WILLISON
Admin Reply:
Bob, I sent you a reply from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
David A. Buskey David A. Buskey from New Cumberland, Pa wrote on April 9, 2009:
Former USS SENECA ATF91 crewman who just found this site and will be sure to visit it again often in the future
Admin Reply:
Dave, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
john atkinson john atkinson from OSSINING NEW YORK wrote on April 9, 2009:
I SERVED ABOARD THE KIOWA ATF-72 AS FA FROM 58 TO 61 RETIRED EN1 IN 1977.WORKED AS HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR/MECHANIC FOR CONSTRUCTION OUTFIT,RETIRED FROM THERE AS PROJECT MGR.NOW I LIVE IN STUART FL WITH MY WIFE PAT.)
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
James (Jim) Duermeyer James (Jim) Duermeyer from Ft. Worth, TX wrote on March 23, 2009:
Served as XO on the Ute in 1971/72. Lots of trips in and out of Viet Nam pulling "stuff" back to Subic; and all over the rest of WestPac. Wonder if any other Ute guys of those years are members.
Admin Reply:
Jim, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Cdr. R. J. Ritter Cdr. R. J. Ritter from Houston, Tx. wrote on March 16, 2009:
As a member of the ( Congressional ) Veteran's Advisory Board on ( radiation ) Dose Reconstruction, and in keeping with our "Veterans-Alert" Outreach program, we are posting the following important information for any Fleet Tug sailor who may have participated in an Atomic Bomb test in the Pacific Ocean ....... There were 560,000 military personnel involved with atmospheric ( and underwater ) testing of Nuclear ( and Thermo-nuclear ) weapons, from 1945 to the end of 1962. Many of these personnel served aboard several types of Navy Auxiliary ships, including Fleet Tugs. Those who were involved in Atomic Weapons tests are classified ( by Congress ) as "Atomic-Veterans." If you are an Atomic-Veteran, you may be entitled to "service-connected" benefits form the V.A., for illnesses that may have been caused by exposure to Atomic Radiation particles, while on active duty...... There are also benefits available to the surviving spouse of a deceased Atomic Veteran, again, by Congressional mandates. If you are an Atomic-Vet, and have any questions regarding potential V.A. benefits, the National Association of Atomic Veterans is available to assist you in filing a claim for such purposes. As an old Fleet Tug sailor myself, I have devoted my ( retirement ) free time those Atomic-Veterans who are experiencing health issues related to those events. R. J. Ritter ( USS Tawasa - ATF-92 ) Managing Director - National Commander Nat. Assoc. of Atomic Veterans Member: Veterans Advisory Board on ( radiation ) Dose Reconstruction Houston, Tx. 713-703-0563
Don Graham Don Graham from Cornwall U.K. wrote on March 2, 2009:
looking forward to Las Vegas had a great time in Providence(except for cheese incident WOW)
Admin Reply:
Don, Sorry about that! Those USS LIPAN Sailors are sometimes extra rowdy........
Richard Aronson Richard Aronson from Vancouver WA wrote on March 1, 2009:
was aboard USNS SIOUX T-ATF-171 for two years 87-90
Admin Reply:
Richard, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger _______________________________________________
Brian McNabb Brian McNabb from Louisiana wrote on March 1, 2009:
USS Papago ATF-160 Pre-Com crew 1986-1989, Little Creek, VA. IC1
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com.
Pete Ramsey Pete Ramsey from American Falls, Idaho 83211 wrote on February 26, 2009:
USS Cree ATF 84, 1967...1971 EM2
Admin Reply:
Pete, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Ken Ramos Ken Ramos from Whaling City wrote on February 24, 2009:
USS UTE ATF 76 1969...MIDDLE EAR PROBLEM MADE THE EXPERIENCE HELL. ALWAYS SEA SICK. NAVY DIDN'T REALIZE THE MIDDLE EAR ISSUE. IC MAN, PEARL HARBOR BASED. GOT EARLY OUT...NO PLACE FOR ICMAN ON SHORE.
Admin Reply:
Ken, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Michael C Rieker Michael C Rieker from Dunedin, FL wrote on February 20, 2009:
Greetings. I served aboard the USS Current (ARS-22), which sailed out of Pearl Harbor. I was a deck ape on the Current from April 15, 1966 to Nov. 26, 1967 when I was then transferred to Da nang Viet Nam to work on river boats. While on Current I experienced working close with the divers and we completed several salvage ops that were everything from lifting the engines of a crashed US Air Force C-141 Starlifter to pulling merchant ships from reefs to patching a hole and re-floating a Shell Oil Tanker. I have to say that life was never boring on board Current and I fully enjoyed my tour on a fleet tug. Current was also assigned the duty of towing a living barge, (APL-26) to Vung Tau Viet Nam to be the home of US Navy and US Army personnel assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force. During this tow from Bremerton, Washington to South Viet Nam, Current encountered a force 4 typhoon which was another exciting event. We were in wave troughs that were 20' higher then the signal bridge and taking rolls of 55 degrees. At one point the wind had pushed our tow ahead of us and while cutting it loose was not an option, it was considered. God rest the souls of all the Fleet Tug Sailors who have passed before us. We'll sail together again some day.
Admin Reply:
Mike , Thanks for your prompt response to my e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com.Your complimentary issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine is in the mail to you. Rodger
Bonnie Brewer Bonnie Brewer from Northern California wrote on February 8, 2009:
Hello, My Uncle, Bud Scott, who lives in Salem, Oregon, served aboard the Ajax when it helped save the Canberra. He also served on another tug. He has told me a little about the sort of things you did... but after reading a lot of sites today... it is pretty clear that he is being very low key abuot what an incredible job you all did. I am partial to the story about the Canberra's engine swap... LOL. I have a photo of my husband and his buddies when the Canberra was in dry dock... I don't know if it was before or after the bean counters nightmare of the wrong engine numbers... but it sure was a long time ago... and that was onlly 1960. Oddly enough, my husband served on the 1960 Canberra "Good Will Tour"... LOL ... the one with all the missiles. He would not have been on the Canberra if it weren't for my Uncle and the rest of the amazing men and their "little ships that could" that did such an incredible job, under impossible conditions. They should have issued you all capes and shirts with Red S's on them. I wish I could have seen more of the site, it must be great. I wish my Uncle did computers so I could send it to him. My Uncle, and two brothers were in the Navy... my husband was a Sea Going Marine on the Canberra. Not enough credit is given... not enough honor for the men who served. Thank you, every single one of you for what you have done for the us. Bonnie
Admin Reply:
Bonnie, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
michael w. cornelison michael w. cornelison from san antonio texas wrote on February 8, 2009:
aboard USS Shakori ATF-162 1973-1977 HT-1
Admin Reply:
Michael, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger _______________________________________________
Carlos Blea EN3 (DV) Carlos Blea EN3 (DV) from California wrote on February 6, 2009:
Aboard the USS Molala ATF-106 from 1973 to 1975.
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
QM1 Jerome J. McCartney USNR QM1 Jerome J. McCartney USNR from Las Vegas, Nevada wrote on January 27, 2009:
Served Aboard U.S.S. Moctobi (ATF-105) NAVSTA Long Beach, California as a QMSN (DRILLRES) from 1980 - 1982.
Admin Reply:
I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com
David (Hazel) Johnson David (Hazel) Johnson from Hawaii wrote on January 26, 2009:
Ahoy. 1964-68 USS Reclaimer ARS-42 EM3
Admin Reply:
Dave, Thanks for your prompt response. Your complimentary copy of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine will arrive soon, Rodger (RDana@NAFTS.com)
don hutchinson don hutchinson from lagrange, nc wrote on January 7, 2009:
Served onboard preserver (ars 8) from Oct84 till decommissioned in Sep86.
Admin Reply:
Don, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Pat Belisle Pat Belisle from Somerset Wisconsin wrote on December 31, 2008:
served aboard uss papago AFT 160 1964-1965 electricians mate 3rd class would like to hear from others that served aboard the papag we were out of little creek va.
Admin Reply:
Pat, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Doug Pittman Doug Pittman from Taylors, S.C. wrote on December 28, 2008:
This site was reccommended by a good friend. I appreciate the ooportunity of perusing it, although I wasn't in the Navy--I was stationed at BAMC in San Antonio, Texas for my stay with Uncle Sam, and have many friends who were in our Navy's service! After all, EVERYONE doesn't look good in Army greens! LOL
Admin Reply:
Doug, Thanks for your comments. I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com , sincerely, Rodger
Helen Helen from Connecticut wrote on December 28, 2008:
My father served on YTB 549 somewhere around 1946-1948. He will be celebrating his 88th birthday soon, and enjoys talking about his Navy memories.
Admin Reply:
Helen, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Please reply, sincerely, Rodger
Vicki Oilar Vicki Oilar from California wrote on December 27, 2008:
My dad, George Moural, served on the Pawnee, ATF-74, 1943-44. He was trained in San Diego in Company 42-498, then stationed at the USN Ammunition Base in San Espiritu, N.H. He later served on the USS Robert K Huntington DD 781. I have 38 photos of sailors and ships that have no identification. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you for your wonderful website.
Admin Reply:
Vicki, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on December 21, 2008:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. See you in Vegas Dennis
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Dennis. Our best to you & Carol. See You in Vegas 15-20 Nov 09. Rodger
Mark Caldwell Mark Caldwell from Norwich, NY wrote on December 16, 2008:
Served as an RM3 on Preserver (ARS-8), from 9/73 until discharge 9/74. In the Med the summer of '74 and got caught up in the Cyprus civil war.Great ship and great crew. Still have many fond memories of those times. Great website! Keep up the good work.
Admin Reply:
Mark, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
jim colon jim colon from wauseon,ohio wrote on December 14, 2008:
Went aboard the Cocopa 101 in Jan 1956 as a FN Ringgaard was getting out so decided to try my hand as an EM Got off in 1959. Good ship and crew.
Admin Reply:
Jim, I sent you a NAFTS.com E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Harold Cole Jr Harold Cole Jr from Corry, PA wrote on December 7, 2008:
I served aboard the ATF 158 from 09/1950 to 08/1950 Engineman Apprectice.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Harold Cole Jr, I sent you an NAFTS e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Debra Mack Debra Mack from Chesaw, Washington wrote on December 6, 2008:
My father-in-law, Leo John (Jack) Mack went to boot camp at Farragut, Idaho, December 1943. He was on the crew of the USS ATR-32. We are looking for crew members, information about the vessel and pictures. Thank you for the Web site. ๐Ÿ™‚
Admin Reply:
MS Mack, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Michael Lee Easter Michael Lee Easter from yakima Washington wrote on November 24, 2008:
I served aboard USS MATACO ATF-86 1975 to 1977 I would like to hear from any other ship mates ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Admin Reply:
Michael Lee Easter, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Ken Maltese Ken Maltese from Rutland Vt wrote on November 11, 2008:
Served on USS Luiseno ATF 156 from March '55 till October '57. Anyone around that served at that time???
Reg D'Ambrisi Reg D'Ambrisi from Saranac Lake, NY 12983 wrote on November 5, 2008:
Was a crewmember in Shakori (ATF 162)from Sep 79 to Feb 80. Was on decommissioning crew and one of the last off her. Best shipboard duty I ever had. I retired as PN1 in April 81.
Admin Reply:
Reg, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Jerry Dickson EN2 Jerry Dickson EN2 from Sacramento Ca. wrote on November 1, 2008:
Hi All anyone out there from the atf94 58,59
Admin Reply:
EM1 Pat McGee, 1951-59 and EN3 Roger Corray, 1958 are NAFTS members. If you wish to contact them, send an E-mail to RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Don Graham Don Graham from England U.K. wrote on October 29, 2008:
Hi all at N.A.F.T.S I had a great time in Providence really well run the service on USS Massachusetts was well done I was greatly honoured to cast wreath on the day many thanks hope to meet up again in Las Vegas? best regards to all at N.A.F.T.S
Admin Reply:
Don, Thanks for the compliments. We look forward to seeing you and Betty at our NAFTS reunions. Hope you can make it over to Las Vegas for our 2009 and 20th annual reunion 15-20 November in the Gloden Nugget downtown. your shipmate, Rodger
Michael Walter Michael Walter from Reese, Michigan wrote on October 9, 2008:
I was stationed aboard the USS Cocopa ATF 101 from 1970-1973. I served my entire hitch aboard her (as a Seamen second class through QM2). As I look back on the experience, I loved the ship and the crew. We cruised to Adak,AK.(2x's), Panama and Westpact. I'm open to anyone that would like to correspond about those days. I remember typhoons, reindeer hunts, Cook Inlet and pie eating contest off Danang.
Admin Reply:
Michael, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger ________________________________________________
Douglas M Gerber Douglas M Gerber from New Jersey wrote on October 7, 2008:
Hello All and Thank you for your service to your country
Admin Reply:
Douglas, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
NCC ERNIE PINA, USN-RET NCC ERNIE PINA, USN-RET from CUMBERLAND wrote on October 6, 2008:
JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT A PLEASURE IT WAS ME TO HAVE BEEN YOUR GUIDE AT YOUR RHODE ISLAND REUNION. THE FIVE DAYS SPENT IN YOUR COMPANY WAS REALLY GREAT AND I ENJOYED LISTENING TO YOUR MANY SEA STORIES. THE MEMORIAL SERVICE ABOARD THE USS MASSACHUSETTS WAS REALLY SPECIAL. I WAS TRULY SADDENED TO SEE IT ALL COME TO AN END. YOURS IN LOYALTY, PROTECTION AND SERVICE: ERNIE PINA NCC, USN-RET
Admin Reply:
Ernie, Thanks for your help at NAFTS 2008, Rodger
Gale Earley Gale Earley from Jacksonville NC wrote on September 29, 2008:
my father George Washington Earley served in the South Pacific. Several of the ships on which he served were sunk. He spent some time in Australia between ship assignments. We know he was around the Coral Sea at some point. He would never talk about the events but did write one article for the magazine about his experiences. If there is any one out there that remembers a George Washington Earley from western North Carolina I would appreciate hearing from you Thanks Gale Earley
Admin Reply:
Gale, Can you supply the ship names? Our NAFTS ship research is mainly done on Military Rescue,Towing & Salvage vessels. Reply to: RDana@NAFTS.com sincerely, Rodger