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.
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.
Hello All and Thank you for your service to your country
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
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
I was an ET (the only one) on the Munsee ATF-107 from Nov 56 until Sept 58.
Served aboard the USS Munsee ATF-107 (1963-65). Unforgetable experience and some of the most memorable events in my life. After 44 years I just ran across a guy off the Munsee on the internet. Looked at the guest book, not too many Munsee sailors signed in. There out there some where I'm sure! Anyway, I just joined and hope to run across more on this site. GREAT SITE!!
LT 1977 US Attleboro. I'am trying to find out the history of this tug, or anybody who served on her. Was in southampton for a while at hythe, then sold off 2003, she is now on the Medway Kent, UK.
I would like to hear more on the Bolster RS-38.
served on the USS Cocopa ATF-101 from 1970-1973 during that time the ship sailed to Panama from San Diego,ca and then to Alaska.
My father, Eddie Bendickson was a first class gun pointer on fleet tug ATF-87 (Moreno) during WWII. My father passed away in 1997 and I am trying to find out more about his service on ATF-87. I know the Moreno received three battle stars for World War II service. I think my father was on the Moreno when they went to Odessa Russia to provide American soldiers released from German POW camps with cargo, food,clothing, and medicine.My father was wounded on the Moreno. I think it may have been on 6 July, while still at Bizerte, she was caught in an air raid during which a near miss injured three men and damaged the superstructure and rigging. This may have been during the invasion of southern sicily. I am not sure if my information is correct. I would love to hear from anyone who served on ATF-87 Moreno. I am going to bury my father's ashes at the National Cemetry in South Florida in November. I want to honor my father with his service in WWI and specifically his service on ATF-87. I plan to give a short talk about my father's service on ATF-87.
THIS IS AN INTERESTING SITE I WISH I KNEW MORE ABOUT COMPUTERS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SAME FOR THE DEEP SEA RESCUE TUGS ASSOCIATION IN THE UK. UNTIL THEN I WILL PARADE THE SCOTTISH STANDARD FOR THEM. SOME DAY I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ONE OF YOUR REUNIONS IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND AND MENTOR - DEANNE WYNNE - WHO WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY US. TILL THEN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Great Website. Thank you Artie Colabella for providing info for site. Artie and I met in 1967 on the USS Sagamore ATA 208. Plan is to become a member.
I was a QM3 on the Chowanoc ATF-100. I remember my very first day I reported aboard....the yeoman took my packet of orders, glanced at'em for a minute, then threw them straight in the trash. So many great experiences on that old tug! Only made one WestPac, though and got transferred to Subic Bay before they sent her to ADAC.
Tom, this new site is awesome!! I'm still looking for shipmates from the the USS Ute 57-58 .
Served on the Mahopac ATA 196 until she was turned over to the taiwanese Navy. Great duty!
Served aboard the Mataco ATF86 from 1952 thru June 1955.. Greatest duty in the Navy, spent my entire time of service aboard her. And saw most of the Pacific bases..
A good site. I like, make sure you check yet.
Served on the U.S.S Utina Atf 163 from Feb/64 till July/68.....Felt so bad when I found out that the Utina is now the felipe larrazabal r21..in Venazuala..I saw pictures of her and she looked terrible. I'd rather see her on the bottom of the Atlantic then seving that Psyco chavez..
Was on the ATF Utina from March 1962 to March 1964.
My paternal grandfather William J. Wilson was a sea captain on a tug and family history is that his tug towed the USS Maine to sea for burial. We have the star from the captains cabin door and the barometer from the Maine so we believe it is true. The only name I can find is the Osceola but no mention of captain or crew. Can you help me or tell me where to look. I had his captaincy papers but they have been lost in our move. Appreciate any help you can give me.
was stationed on the uss paiute atf 159 from 87-90
Just found your web site. Was attached TAD USS Achomawi ATF 148 4/46 to 8/46 during Operation Crossroads (Able and Baker A Bomb Tests). Also attached to USS Hoist ARS 40 4/52-8/53. Great looking web site.
Change aboard USS Allegheny ATA 179 From May 1959 to Dec. 1962
I served aboard the USS Allegheny ATA 179 from May 1959 to Dec. 1969. Home ported at the Brooklyn, Navy Yard. I served on 5 different ships and the Allegheny was the most enjoyable. We did underwater research work for Colombia Univ. and Hudson Lab. We made a lot of runs to the Caribbean Island's in our mission's. The ship went to Bermuda for some "Rum Runs". We had a great crew that worked hard and played hard.
Anyone out there serve aboard USS Salinan ATF161 in the 60's out of Key West Florida.
USS Moctobi and Quapaw are in the process of being taken overseas for refit. The Moctobi will be the tow vessel. The repair crew would like any help from prior engineers, manuals etc that may be available. please call Ben at 281-932-4082. Thanks Tom 510-215-4605
I was on the Uss Pursuit until Decommissioned and then was on the uss Serrano until Sept.1961.Would like to hear from anyone that was on the Serrano in the early 60"s
i would just like to say hi to all you tuggers.hope to see you guys at the reunion in providence.i live north of providence near boston in lynn,ma.right on the ocean where i will always be near.i still have salt water in my veins.hope any of my shipmates from the utina will be there.i would love to talk over old times.i will bring old pictures of the ship inside and out.i was the sea detail lookout,the main lookout from july/66 until july/68.i was an bme3.loved the duty and the guys.just a few of us northerners aboard.chamberlin,ryder,goodwin,mele,birch and sink.i still remember you guys.40 long years.let!s meet. jeff
USS Saugus YTB-780 Holy Loch, Scotland Feb.1985-Aug 1987. Best 2 1/2 years of my life.
I served onboard USS Abnaki (ATF-96) from 1960-63. I was a deck seaman. Would like to hear from old ship mates during that period.
Hi Rodger, I was in the Old Navy too. I'm looking for any of the old boots from company 073 at San Diego, CA from 1952. We went in in January 1952. About 15 of us went aboard the old Apache, ATF67. Don't know what happened to the rest of them. Ross
Served on the USS Cree (ATF-84) and USS Hitchiti (103) from Dec76-May 78 Great Website. I've been away for awhile in MOntana and look forward to renewing my Membership. Jim Leach
Hi All, Thanks for such a great site! I am attempting to honor those who have served in the Navy (WWII-postwar) on AT, ATS-type tugs with a book as there seems to be a niche. I would appreciate any information, specs, photos that anyone would provide. Sincerely Timothy Menzel CPT,MS,WIARNG
Hey T, finely got a chance to say hey. Its a cool sight you have going on. See you soon.
Hello, I served on the USS Deliver ARS 23 May 1972 Feb 1973. Qm3
I served on the USS TAWAKONI ATF-114 right out on Radio School from 1954-1956. Left for staff duty in Japan in 1956. Billups Lodge (the Navy Cartoonist) was our XO at that time. Had some great shipmates and good times while aboard. Would love to hear from any ex-shipmates.
served aboard u.s.s. Molala (atf-106)1960-1962
I was a diver stationed aboard the USS Takelma ATF-113 out of Pearl in 1968-69. We "played" the Antilles in Tora!Tora!Tora! I loved the ship, the crew and the memories. Returned to Pearl in 2000 and really got emotional as memories rushed over me! Love to hear from Takelma crew. I am in touch with Richard Ray SK2in North Carolina. Joe McIntosh 3448 oak Creek Circle Newcaslt, OK 73065
We recently found postcards from WWII when my grandfather, Dean E. Welch, served on the ATR-69 at Port Angeles, Wash. in 1945. I would love to learn more about tug sailors daily life to include in a family history book based on the postcards. He did basic at Great Lakes NTS in '44, then trained at Camp Shoemaker in Calif., then to Port Angeles. If you'd like to stroll down memory lane, I'd love to listen. My grandfather passed in '83 so any info is worthwhile. Thanks..you can reach me at email@example.com.
THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT. wILL SEE YOU IN PROVIDENCE
Served aboard the Uss Serrano,ATF converted to AGS 68-69. Served on USS Moctobi ATF 105 69 before going to DaNang. Would love to hear from old shipmates. Thanks for such a great web site. Miss the tugs but mostly miss the shipmates. Greatest duty in the Navy.
I served aboard USS Mahopac ATA 196 as Commanding Officer from October 1964 to October 1966. Ship was homparted in Yokosuka, Japan and we did a lot in the build up of Vietnam by towing all sorts of "stuff" to Vietnam.
Served on USS MATACO (ATF-86) '63-'64 as EM3/EM2. Best duty I had. Love to hear from any Mataco sailors. Ron Johnsen, EMC Ret.
My father was on the USS Sonoma 1943-44, transferred off prior to her sinking late 1944. If there is anyone who has knowledge of the Sonoma I would appreciate hearing from them. I am trying to locate the ships compliment registry to find out who was "Killed in Action". My fathers best friend was one of those killed. My father, Wilford F. "Bill or Willy" Anderson died on 14 August 1970, should anyone be interested. Thank you, William Anderson
I served on USS Recovery ARS43 1982-1986 as a Hull Tech. I like the sight. You Call We Haul
Did my first yr. a/the post grad.school,montrey Calif.Second yr. aboard the USS Lipan 85.went from FA. to en3 no better dutie,ever!finish on ATF 96 Did a west pac/alaska/on the 85,even the bad days were great,just can say enough about her,served early 60 to 61 ,any 85er sure would like to hear from you ..fergie en3
After 20 years research, my book "Naval Accidents Since 1945, has finally been published in England by Maritime Books. The book contains details of hundreds of naval vessels of all of the world's navies lost or critically damaged as a result of accidents. Included is several US Navy tugs, including Wateree (ATF-117), Cree (ATF-84) and Secota (YTM-415). Some years ao, I received some valuable assistance from one of your members, George W Kingston, to whom I wish to express my sincere gratitude. I hope that NAFTS shipmates find my book of some interest. Malcolm Maclean Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy
My dad, Duane Bender, QM2, served in the Pawnee, ATF-74, 1943-45. In 1960, we visited one of his shipmates in Alabama [Hartselle, I think]. I don't remember his name, but think I would if I saw it. Does anyone know if I could get a roster of the Pawnee's crew for those years? Or, perhaps, someone might know of whom I'm speaking and if he's still living. My dad died in '95. Any help will be appreciated.
uss shakori 1947 to 1950
I was a RM1 on board U.S.S. Tawasa ATF-92 1971-1975 Made last NORTHPAC cruise of fleet tugs. Was on operation Sewer Pipe. Made a tow from Midway to Guam with AFDB in tow 56 days one way! Was First station ship Hyphong harbor Operation End Sweep. Was on Operation Neptune.