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James w. truesdale James w. truesdale from colorado springs,co wrote on September 27, 2008:
I was an ET (the only one) on the Munsee ATF-107 from Nov 56 until Sept 58.
Admin Reply:
It was good to talk to you, and to find out we were neighbors at San Diego! Rodger
Mike Walsh BM3 Mike Walsh BM3 from Haworth, NJ (via NYC) wrote on September 23, 2008:
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!!
Admin Reply:
Mike, Thanks for joining NAFTS, Rodger
phil wallis phil wallis from rochester uk wrote on September 22, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Phil, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
John D. Kojetin John D. Kojetin from Minnesota wrote on September 22, 2008:
I would like to hear more on the Bolster RS-38.
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Joseph Johns Joseph Johns from York, Ne wrote on September 21, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Joseph, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
James Bendickson James Bendickson from Brandon FL wrote on September 14, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
James, I answered your query with an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
FRANCIS BROWN FRANCIS BROWN from SCOTLAND UK wrote on September 12, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Francis, Thanks for your entry. We are looking forward to seeing Don Graham at our 2008 reunion at Providence, Rhode Island, in a few weeks.We hope you can come over and attend some of our reunions. sincerely, Rodger Dana, NAFTS President
Mike Barnhardt Mike Barnhardt from Ohio. Now reside in MA. wrote on September 10, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Mike, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger _______________________________________________
Dennis Knebel Dennis Knebel from San Francisco wrote on September 7, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Dennis, Thanks for the input. I sent you an E-mail today, Rodger Dana ________________________________________________
Orrin Tucker Orrin Tucker from Cincinnati ,Ohio wrote on September 6, 2008:
Tom, this new site is awesome!! I'm still looking for shipmates from the the USS Ute 57-58 .
Admin Reply:
Orrin, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger Dana
Lyal Lyal from Omaha Ne wrote on August 20, 2008:
Served on the Mahopac ATA 196 until she was turned over to the taiwanese Navy. Great duty!
Admin Reply:
LYAL, I sent you a message from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger dana
Charles Charles from Ypung wrote on August 18, 2008:
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..
Admin Reply:
Charles, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
collinsalbert34 collinsalbert34 from New York wrote on August 18, 2008:
A good site. I like, make sure you check yet.
Admin Reply:
Please clarify your comment. We don't understand you.
Mike Goodwin Mike Goodwin from Bronx, New York wrote on August 17, 2008:
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..
Jodie E Jones Jodie E Jones from Indianapolis, Indiana 46217 wrote on August 14, 2008:
Was on the ATF Utina from March 1962 to March 1964.
Admin Reply:
Jodie, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS dot com. Rodger
Patricia Wilson Carrillo Patricia Wilson Carrillo from Broken Arrow Oklahoma wrote on August 13, 2008:
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.
troy a dodson troy a dodson from dunn , nc wrote on August 11, 2008:
was stationed on the uss paiute atf 159 from 87-90
Admin Reply:
I sent you a reply e-mail, Rodger
Frank West Frank West from Blacksburg, VA wrote on August 11, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Frank, Thanks for your entry.We are proud of our all-volunteer web site and our webmaster, Tom Thomas, in Bend, OR. Rodger RDana@NAFTS.com
ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. from Rome, NY wrote on August 8, 2008:
Change aboard USS Allegheny ATA 179 From May 1959 to Dec. 1962
Admin Reply:
Chief, Thanks for the correction
ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. from Rome, NY wrote on August 8, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Chief, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger Dana
Rick Tartaglia Rick Tartaglia from california wrote on August 7, 2008:
Anyone out there serve aboard USS Salinan ATF161 in the 60's out of Key West Florida.
Admin Reply:
Rick, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger Dana
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson from Port of Richmond wrote on August 6, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Tom, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger Dana
Richard Rohn Richard Rohn from Foxfire Village NC 27281 wrote on August 5, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Richard I sent you an E-mail about your entry, Rodger Dana _________________________________________
jeff darling-uss utina-atf163 jeff darling-uss utina-atf163 from lynn,ma wrote on August 3, 2008:
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
David 'Pod' Podurgiel David 'Pod' Podurgiel from Pittsburgh,Pa wrote on July 31, 2008:
USS Saugus YTB-780 Holy Loch, Scotland Feb.1985-Aug 1987. Best 2 1/2 years of my life.
Admin Reply:
Pod, Thanks for your input. That WAS great duty! Rodger __________
Garry Brown Garry Brown from Tucumcari, NM wrote on July 21, 2008:
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.
Ross J. Kramer Ross J. Kramer from DeLand, Florida wrote on July 21, 2008:
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
James Leach James Leach from St.Petersburg, Florida wrote on July 20, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Jim, Glad to hear you are renewing your membership. I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Tim Menzel Tim Menzel from Milwaukee wrote on July 19, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Timothy, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Zack Zack from the bbc wrote on July 19, 2008:
Hey T, finely got a chance to say hey. Its a cool sight you have going on. See you soon.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the compliments Zack TT said that.
Paul Sauer Paul Sauer from Utah wrote on July 11, 2008:
Hello, I served on the USS Deliver ARS 23 May 1972 Feb 1973. Qm3
Admin Reply:
Paul, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Ed Poff Ed Poff from Sebring, Florida wrote on July 5, 2008:
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.
john watkins john watkins from asheville, n.c. wrote on July 3, 2008:
served aboard u.s.s. Molala (atf-106)1960-1962
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you a message from me at RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
JOE McINTOSH JOE McINTOSH from OKLAHOMA wrote on June 24, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Joe, I sent you a reply from RDana@NAFTS.com
Robbie Miles Robbie Miles from Tampa wrote on June 20, 2008:
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 robbie.smiles@verizon.net.
RICHARD ZENT RICHARD ZENT from USS CHOWANOC ATF 100 wrote on June 11, 2008:
THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT. wILL SEE YOU IN PROVIDENCE
Admin Reply:
Hello Richard, The reunion in Providence should be a GREAT one!
Stan Sears Stan Sears from Hurst,Tx wrote on June 11, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Come join us mate. The quarterly magazine Towline is worth the price of admission by itself!
Jerry Jones Jerry Jones from Lebanon, Indiana wrote on June 9, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
We have a member that also served during those years Captain.
Ron Johnsen Ron Johnsen from Fremont, CA wrote on June 5, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS counts a couple dozen Mataco sailors in it's membership. Why not join us? We also featured some great Mataco stories in Towline, our quarterly magazine.
William Anderson William Anderson from San Diego, CA wrote on June 5, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Sonoma sunk on 24 October 1944 in San Pedro Bay. Leyte Gulf, after being hit by a flaming Japanese bomber amidships,Starboard. Chickasaw (ATF 83) came to her aid, put out the fires and removed her casualties. She sank later in 18 feet of water off Dio Island attempting to beach. None of the crew were killed in the action. (re. America's Tugs of War Jim Perkins)
Brian Keys Brian Keys from Georgia wrote on June 2, 2008:
I served on USS Recovery ARS43 1982-1986 as a Hull Tech. I like the sight. You Call We Haul
Harold Ferguson Harold Ferguson from White City,Oregon wrote on May 29, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Fergie, I sent you an e-mail answer via RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
Malcolm Maclean Malcolm Maclean from Portsmouth, England wrote on May 9, 2008:
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
Admin Reply:
Commander Maclean, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com. Rodger
Randy Bender, MN3, '69-'71 Randy Bender, MN3, '69-'71 from Hudson, FL wrote on May 7, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
Randy, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
charles clark charles clark from south fulton tenn wrote on May 3, 2008:
uss shakori 1947 to 1950
Admin Reply:
Thanks for checking in at the GUEST BOOK,Charles! Rodger Dana
William M. Moen Sr. RM1 Ret. William M. Moen Sr. RM1 Ret. from Ridgecrest, CA wrote on May 3, 2008:
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.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com Rodger
DON GRAHAM DSRTA UK DON GRAHAM DSRTA UK from ENGLAND UK wrote on April 29, 2008:
Hope to see all you guys in Providence. Great web page keep up good work.
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Don. We will see you there, hope Betty comes also. Rodger
Lloyd Jamison Lloyd Jamison from Shawnee Oklahoma wrote on April 28, 2008:
I wonder If there are any old tugers out there,that went through boot camp at farragut Idaho at camp Scott Co-138-43???
Admin Reply:
Lloyd, that's a good question. I wonder how many years that camp was in operation? Rodger
Lovelace (LJ) michel Jr. Lovelace (LJ) michel Jr. from Morgan City, La. wrote on April 28, 2008:
served from 1969 to 1972 Rank EN2
Admin Reply:
LJ, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com, Rodger
Art Colabella Art Colabella from Brick N.J. wrote on April 25, 2008:
GREAT WEB-SITE I'm gonna send in for my membership. I was on the ATA 208 Sagamore and the ATF 156 Luisino 1967-1971 .I will contact some of my old crew mates and send them this sight.
Admin Reply:
Art, I sent you an E-mail from RDana@NAFTS.com