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.
Al Haynes served on the Kiowa during WW II. He passed away in 2012 and is greatly missed. Curious if anyone has a couple of photos of my Dad they would be willing to share? My email is email@example.com
I was stationed on the USS Chowanoc, Charging Chowdog (ATF-100), 3/70-10/71 as an RD3. Retired from USN 5/94 and now fully retired.
SMSN on USS Ute (ATF-76) 1974. We towed Army Barracks from Pusan Korea to someplace up to Puget Sound and then went for decom to Long Beach!
*Decommissioned, 30 August 1974,
*Transferred to the Military Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Ute (T-ATF-76)
*Placed out of service and transferred to the Coast Guard, date unknown
*Commissioned USCGC Ute (WMEC-76), 30 September 1980
*Decommissioned, 26 May 1988
*Returned to Naval custody, date unknown
*Struck from the Naval Register, 23 January 1989
*Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
*Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 4 August 1991
USS Ute received three battle stars for her World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service, and nine campaign stars Vietnam War service
*Decommissioned, 30 August 1974,
*Transferred to the Military Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Ute (T-ATF-76)
*Placed out of service and transferred to the Coast Guard, date unknown
*Commissioned USCGC Ute (WMEC-76), 30 September 1980
*Decommissioned, 26 May 1988
*Returned to Naval custody, date unknown
*Struck from the Naval Register, 23 January 1989
*Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
*Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 4 August 1991
USS Ute received three battle stars for her World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service, and nine campaign stars Vietnam War service
Anyone out there who was commissioned on the uss cocopa, atf 101 please feel free to contact me. My Dad, salvaged diver 1950- 53. Thanks
Anyone out there who was commissioned on the uss cocopa, atf 101 please feel free to contact me. My Dad, salvaged diver 1950- 53. Thanks
Elmer Fowler EN3 USS Bolster Feb 1952 to Nov.1955 . Good crew and good duty.
Elmer Fowler EN3 USS Bolster Feb 1952 to Nov.1955 . Good crew good duty.
I served on the USS Bannock ATF 81 for 3 years from 1942 1945. I was there at Normandy sailing between Omaha and Utah beaches with mu shipmates. Are there any other sailors who served aboard this ship please reach out to me.
Hi, I am trying to reconnect with shipmates from the USS SIOUX (AT-75) that served on WESTPAC Cruise 1969 and 1970. Looking for names and contact information.
YTM-467 is reported to have been lost March 1944 in Marshall or Gilbert islands... Cause not given combat or noncombat
In early 2016, the former ATF 81 Bannock capsized and sank while under tow to a ship breaker located in Turkey. The ship sank in Greek waters off Cape Tainaron.
In early 2016, the former ATF 81 Bannock capsized and sank while under tow to a ship breaker located in Turkey. The ship sank in Greek waters off Cape Tainaron.
George served on ATR2 during the Normandy invasion. He will be 94 this August. He can still recall that day.
Hello, I am wondering if there is anyone who served with my late husand CT2 George"Ed"Edmonson in 1968 on USS Atakapa? He sadly died in June 2016. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known him during that time. We met when the ship called in to Plymouth, England for repairs. I have a few photos of him on board and during the ship's visit to the Azores Many thanks.
Served on the USS Tuskegee (YTB 806) starting in 1979 till 1980 and got reassigned to another location. Would love to find any shipmates from the Tuskegee or from Pearl Harbor, HI during those years that I might have known.
Served on the Moctobi (ATF 105) from 75 to 77, making OS3 before I left. I was 17 years old when I reported to the ship in August of 75. She was in the Bellingham Shipyard located on Nimitz Highway undergoing a major overhaul at the time... what an introduction to the Navy! The ship left Pearl Harbor in 1976 for her new homeport in Everett, Washington. I left her, and some great Shipmates, in June of 77. I made great friends while serving on her those two years and would really like to reconnect with them. I did recently reconnect with my friend Alan Leek and his wife Sally this past week. I'm looking forward to talking about our "exploits", and catching up on the last 40 years.
I have tried to reach someone about my membership. I think after my move to Colorado and my change of email address I got lost in the shuffle. Please let me know what I need to do to get back into the system. my phone 970-422-8128
USS Preserver (ARS-8) I would like to talk with anyone who has served on or has information on the USS Preserver.
Hi, my father, Charles Carson, was aboard the ATA 198 serving in the Pacific in 1944-45. He is still living and soon to be 95. Unfortunately Alzheimers has taken many of his memories. He used to tease us by saying he'd tossed quite a few pennies overboard in the Pacific and that they should have grown into pretty large money trees by now.
My dad, Michael D Amos, served aboard the Moctobi and Tawakoni. Not sure of the dates but he was enlisted from 1961 to 1981. Just wondering if there is anyone who remembers him. He is still around and kicking.
Looking for anyone from the USS Lipan ATF 85 when we were anchored in Haiphong Harbor in 1973. and who helped decommission this great lady. I was the SM2
My dad's Liberty ship (APA 157) the Napa came upon an ATR adrift after Typhoon Ida. The log showed the ATR had suffered a cracked beam and the crew abandoned ship. We have no number on the ATR and I can't find any Naval records of lost ATRs. Does anyone have any information or direction I can pursue to help my dad? Thanks.
In 1994 USS Wm. H. Standley CG-32 was De-commissioned in San Diego. Approx March 94 she was towed to reserve fleet in Suisun, Ca. Any of you tuggers remember the date? OR Towed by what tug?? Allen
Trying to locate Ch Engineer Bill Hatcher, last residing in Colorado, wife named Hiroko, served together on USS Tawasa (ATF-92) from 1968-1971.
I served on the USS Papago 1950 to 1952 in the Caribbean. Would love to communicate with another Tug Boat Sailor I served as a SK
My father served aboard the USS Ute ATF-76 stationed in Pearl Harbor circa 1966-67. SK1 John Valentine "JV" Albrecht retired in 1967 after 20 years as a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Sadly we lost JV in 2006 to cancer and he is lying at rest in the Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon. God bless you dad!
USS Cree ATF 84 1967 -1971 EM-2 trying to figure out website, thanks
A shipmate on USS Chopper SS-342 whet thru the LDO program and eventually became Captain of the ASR-14 Petrol. If you are interested I will send you his address in FL. He was on board in 1966. His name is Frank Richards. He is 86 yrs. old.
Hello to all.. I served on the USS Tawasa ATF 92 from 1967 -69 . would like to reconnect with fellow crewmembers... thanks.. ed
Had a great time at the Cincinnati Reunion. Many thanks to our hosts;; Larry and his wife Mary. They had the bus es going and on time. It was great to see some of the Middle Westerners again.I'm afraid I was one of few Plankowners there. Next year it is Charleston. Birthplace of Chowanoc and a great bunch of other ships. We are not getting any younger. A great chance to see of our own history. Hope see you there.
Interesting org. I rode some YTB-YTMs & YOs back in the 60s.Do you think this would be a good fit for me? Thanks
I didn't know this site even existed. I served aboard the USS Utina (ATF-163) from 1970 - 1971 and made the transfer of her to the Venezuelan Navy, August, 1971. I was her diving & salvage officer along with diverse other duties. I wonder if any of my ancient shipmates and mariners are still around?
I have a history of my ship, USS Seneca (ATF91) compiled by Vaughn Beuchler, EN2 who served on board long before me. The history goes from its launching at Cramps Shipyard in Philadelphia up until its becoming an artificial reef. Do you have it, if not, would you or anyone else like a copy?
I would like to leave a comment for my husband Dean Hermance. He was on the USS COCOPA 101. From 1951 to 1954 . He was in the Koreanwar veteran thank you
QM on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from 1974-1977
Will mail it Wednesday. Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. Everything is closed here. Also in the near future will duplicate my USS SALISH book of pictures and articles for you. Will try to get my brother Robert to go to Cincinnati with me in October. Only problem is Reunion in Jacksonville, Fl. in June(DLG/CG-32) and Beachmaster Unit One end of Sept. in San Diego. Allen
Member # 2593 Towline Jan 2015 page 2 Editor's Notes. I have a roster of USS SALISH ATA-187 Who TO & where do I mail it Allen
Trying to find shipmates of (ATF85) LIPAN, served 71,72, homeported out of Pearl Harbor. I was a YN3 I remember towing a large pier from Nam to Pearl, took 2 months or more.
I served aboard the Molala ATF-106 from early 1960 until 1962 I was leading seaman on deck force and use my skills every day that I learned aboard. The atf sailors are the best in the world
Just found this site again, and want to say hello. I was an EN2 on the Reclaimer ARS 42 from late 1971 until June of 1973. My Army and Marine buddies can't tell the kind of stories I can, for sure. Lots of memories! Keep your steam up mates! PS- I think I recognized a piece of my old ship this morning, while putting in a new razor blade.
Served onboard USS Moctobi ATF 105 1984-85. Any shipmates around.
Tug sailors work hard and had to do many jobs. Great times. Gary Turnipseed EN1 now lives in Rio Rico, AZ. Both of us camp to the ship from Vietnam.
I thought II saw something about 2015 Reunion in Cinci? If this is correct who is hosting and dong the work? I am 15 minutes away and could help out as time allows?
Was on the Sea going tug, USS Sagamore 208. Looking for any ship mates
Hi, my father, Vince served on ATR-62 in WWII. Wondering if any of his shipmates are on this site? Would love to connect. Thanks, Mark
Finding they NAFT site, memories of an old ex-sailor. Was on the USS Keywadin ATA-213 fall of 1948 to Jan. 1949 as it often towed decommissioned subs for which we couldn't slow up fast as they didn't slow down fast. One remembered problem tow was three warehouse type barges of ammo (all at the same time) from a to be dry docked aircraft carrier. They closed down two bridge's auto traffic over Cape Cod canal as we approached them and until we were some distant passed. Our home dock was at the end of the dock "Old Ironsides" was at side of, my car parked not far from it when we were out doing tows. There is a picture on a website of ATA-213 docked there. My first association with ATA's was in April 1946 when on AM-278 broke down two days in the China Sea without power, lights and water for two days after which ATA-181 & ATA-188 were finally sent out being towed to Shanghai China by one of them.
I served aboard the USS Wandank ATA 204 from oct 69 until it"s decomm in jul 71. I was an ETN2 in ops.
Have been looking for years for guys from the Tawakoni ATF-114 who were on board 67-69. Joe Wasko BM2
USS Conserver reunion personal have been trying to contact you about information about join reunions to no avail, just marked off a spam WTF. I tried to get on with my sign in Griff northm66 which wont accept me eather, whats going on??
I am looking for living shipmates from the ATF 100 Chowanoc. years 1965 thru 1968 before yard overhaul San Diego. early 1968 I can't even find Ship in Nafts web site Than you for any help Jerry
I tried to send an e-mail to the webmaster to no avail. It was bounced by the nafts server. I would like access to the site and am a paid up member through Jan 2015, but I don't have a user ID and password. Would someone please send them to me? You may e-mail me on for further information if you have questions.
used to be on a small tug, in Mare Island, back in 91,92
I am looking for crew mates of my husband, Steven "pic" Dill who served on the USS Cochali in Newport, RI from 1970 to 73.
I signed up for membership and now I am not able to log on. I sent emails with no reply to any. How do I log on. I never had a password.
Hello, I'm the son of James Lawson (ships Bos'n) who was a crew memeber on the Moctobi (ATF 105) from 1969 to 1971. Just wanted to find out if anybody that was a part of the crew during that time might have any pictures or posting to share. My father passed in 1998, but always wanted to catch up with shipmates or find out about any reunions. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Ed Lawson
I am the son of GMC(ret)GEORGE LUNSFORD who served aboard USS MATACO (ATF-86) between 1952 & 53 during the Korean War. My father passed in 1998 and I have found five photos of this period. The consist of MATACO off the Korean coast...towing a suspected gun runner, bringing prisoners into Korea, challenging a Korean boat which was towed to port, a hard-hat diver and a photo of CWO "IKE" ISENBERG on deck in his dress blues. As with other photos of ships my father served aboard I have forwarded many to their respective associations via PDF files. If there is any interest in having these photos I would certainly forward them on. Please feel free to contact me. Home phone 661.872.8850 or cell 661.979.2687. I am also a Navy vet having served aboard USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14) and I am past president of our TICO Veterans Association. Thank you.
Looking for former shipmates. Served on ATF156 and was involved in salvage jobs for the Baldwin and Monsen. Please respond. I have pictures available.
It's been some time since I visited NAFTS website, sure has changed. since my last visit, my email address has change and am haviang trouble using what it think is my pass word. Who do I contact to streighten this out? Rm2 from USS Lipan
This page has really gone to the dogs. I submitted 2 photos several years ago (USCGC Cherokee WMEC-165 and USS Grasp ARS-24. These photos were properly displayed in the same quality I submitted and with my name as contributor. Now, these photos (when you can find them) are in very poor quality and my name has disappeared completely. What happened?
I would like to know if anyone remembers the sinkex off the socal op area in 1977 when an A6 accidentally dropped a bomb on an ATF. The bomb went though the mast and ended up on the floor outside the ships office. I was observing this from the bridge of Cocopa ATF101. It was either the Moctobi, the Molala or the Abnaki. I cant remember and cant find any history about the incident. The brave skipper and a couple other members of the crew stayed with the ship and waited for EOD to difuse the Bomb. Curious if any one remembers any of the details. It was a bad day for NAVAIR and almost fatal for the cre of the ATF.
Steve.....I was on USS Cocopa Feb 1965 to Sept 1967. Went aboard EMFN straight out of A school and left EM2. Would love to share some stories of my time aboard Cocopa.
Served on the USS Cocopa (ATF-101) from May 1972 to April 1973 during her second to last Western Pacific cruise. I was a CSSN and CS3 in the galley. I'm reconstructing the Cocopa's history of movement between the Atlantic (World War II) and the Pacific Fleets (World War II, post-war occupation service, Korea and Vietnam). I'd love to hear from shipmates and those willing to share details of the history of the Cocopa.
I'm researching the USS Nauset (ATF-89). My dad was one of the survivors.
I am a plankowner of ATF 100 and I plan to attend our reunion,my 8th,next week in Pensacola. Wish all of you were there. Not too many of us left.
We are having the 2014 USS Arikara ATF-98 Reunion again this year the weekend of July 12th with the Arikara Nation at White Shield, Nothth Dakota on their Reservation. For more info contact Steve Ussery at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be glad you did.
I served on USS MUNSEE ATF-107 1968/69. She was my last duty assignment as USN. I used to get seasick before we would clear Pt. Loma or any other port. Would surely love to hear from any former shipmates!
Looking for USS Hopi survivors to communicate with and learn status of the ship and its log. I was a 1st Class Engineman discharged after 4 years of service at end of Korean War.
Just stopped by to visit the new site. Looks great. Always enjoy visiting the Nafts site and bringing back memories of shipmates and time spent in the Navy aboard 2 different ships. Uss. Lipan ATF85 & Uss Natchaug AOG54.
Member( Dues Paying) since 1992 Pd 2013 3-13-'13 $30. check was cashed.Have not received TOWLINE this year.Get My name back in Log On USS Serrano ATF 112 '45-'46
My father, James McGee served on the USS Apache from 1952-55. He passed away May 6, 2012. We miss him. He often talked about his Navy years.
Nice visiting the site, it has changed since I last was on it.....need to visit more often....
Just got word that one of my partners in crime has passed away. Roger weaver from Mankato,minn died on may 10. He was the fellow that bought the rye bread for our limberger cheese fests. Never knew he could move so fast when the hotel manager came to me at Warick, RI. He was a fun lovin guy,so we made a good pair as I'm more serious. rest in peace Roger
Served in USS TILLAMOOK (ATA-192), 1963-65. Would love to hear from my shipmates. Clark.
Finally got on to the new site. Lookin Good!!! Just moved from Stow (Akron) Ohio to Florence Kentucky. Pretty nice down here. Still hoping to hear from some of the old TF 114 Tawakoni shipmates. I was serving from 67-69 before getting orders to be a boat captain in'Nam.
Served on the best damned ARS ever! USS Conserver ARS 39. She had many great skippers & crews over the years and served the 7th fleet proudly for 49 of them.
Rodger, Sorry, but I have not received e-mail from you. Would you please re-send? Thanks. Jon
Was a crew member on the USS Apache (ATF67) 1969 - 1971. Rated SK3. Would like to hear from my shipmates. Thanks to NAFTS for the chance.
Great website. I am doing research related to the USS ERIE (PG-50), a vessel that was torpedoed and then sank, due to incorrect lightering operations, in the inner harbor at Willemstad, Curacao, December 5, 1942. The ERIE was re-floated and eventually hauled out to her last resting place off the coast of Curacao, in 1952. The first salvage vessel on the scene was the USS ESCAPE (ARS-6). I am trying to determine who commanded this vessel while it was involved in the re-floating operations (until 1 September 1952). Can anyone supply this info?
My Dad was aboard USS Fortune when it blew a boiler at Tutuila, Samoa. Spent a lot of time in the Naval Hospital in California. Nice website.
was on the Cocopa jan 56 til july 59 great times
Great to see a note from another OLE COCOPA shipmate. I was there early 65 to late 67. Just renewed my membership.
Served on the ATF 101 from 1952 to 1956.
1966-1969 Lived on the USS Sakarissa YTM 269 Stationed at Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard San Francisco Calf. Best US Navy duty to be had. E2-E4 Engineman 3rd class.
I have been trying to to get on line for several months to pay my dues. Your website does not recognize my e-mail address, user name, or password. They have not changed. I have e-mailed the membership chairman several weeks ago and have had no response. Please let me know how to get on the website to pay my dues. My membership number is 2415. Thank you Dan Bloom
Served on the uss deliver ars 23 1951 1954 we were around the fleet tugs a whole bunch. knew a Halfacher I think on the Apache. Keep up the good work as you guys always have "gotter dun" Don B.
Was sad to read here about TT,s passing. Got to know him and Charlie at the reunions.
Was so sorry to hear of Toms crossing the bar. Looked forward to seeing him every year. Keep your chin up Charlie as I know how you feel. God speed and God bless Dennis
I served aboard the ARIKARA as a SK2 from jul 1961 to Feb 1963 and enjoyed the 2 deployments to the far east ports in Japan, Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Tiawan, Christmas island and Midway. I finanlly retired in Oct 1963.
I wanted to pass on that "TT" (Donald Thomas) crossed the Bar on December 24th. T was a Snipe, retiring in 1975. I use to sit on the porch and listen to the stories of the big tugs and the engine rooms. It was wonderful to talk about boats, ships, and engines. I will miss him and just wanted to pass on the sad news to his fellow Snipes out there. Warren DeWolfe, Bend, Oregon
Looking for any Arikara-98 Sailors still floating around out there. We are looking for you. There will be a Reunion with the Arikara People July 2013. Some of us were there for same June 2012. It was one of the high lights of my life. Join us. Contact me for info. Life is good. Peace.
My Dad was on the uss Quapaw and I am trying to find all the info that I can. Anyone that can help please email me. Served from 46 to 48 William Patterson.
Served aboard USS Papago (ATF-160) 72-75 and would like to hear from any of my shipmates. Remember GITMOS and transAtlantic tows
New website looks great and glad to see it up and running. Do the photos etc I put on the old website transfer? Hope to hear from others who served on the Tawakoni ATF 114.
just got onto the new site best of luck with this. do I now delete all old contact stuff @ nafts uss Ute atf 76 59-62 thankew...
Norfolk was great. Looking forward to Pensacola in 2013. Wonderful to see us back on line.
LOOKING FOR A FRIEND OF MY HUSBANDS
I noticed an article in the 2009 reunion of NAFTS written by Bill Corson. It was about Peanuts. It was my first dog. I have the uniform he wore on the USS Escape. My dad is Frank Wilson who was stationed on this ship in the early 50's (1953-56?) What a small world. My dad is 90 years old and currently live in a Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri. I would like to contact Bill Corson who wrote the article and any other shipmates that would have known my dad. His memory is failing but his old Navy days seem to be things he stills remembers. Thanks, Gary.
I am writing the memoirs of a Pearl Harbor survivor, and there is an image in your web site that I would like to use as an illustration. Who should I contact regarding such a use? Thank you --- Liz Case
I need your help...my dad was on the ATR-26. He really wants a list of the crew throughout the War. I can't find any information on it, nor can I locate any photos.
I served on the USS Apache ATF67 from 1952 thru 1954. Am now retired and living in sunny Florida.
Hello, My dad, Carl Theobald served on the ATF 83 Chickasaw during WW2, I have recently purchased a photo of the Chickasaw and I'd love to share it if you'd like. I also have a question about it, I'm wondering if anyone could guess at the date of the photo. Thank you sincerely, Margie
Was sadden to see carole hochabout passing. Always enjoyed talking to them at the reunions. happy thanksgiving to all my Hitchiti shipmatesd and my NAFTS friends. This year I would suggest serving limberger cheese for dinner, and pardon the turkey.
Yesterday 11-20-12 I lost my wife Carol she always looked forward to all the reunions.
Hello, My dad Edward N. Benedetti was a MOMM2C/salvage diver in WW2. He served on the Molala briefly but his main ATF was the Potowatomi. I have some pics of the Potowatomi in Kuro Ko, Japan 1945. How can I send them to you? thanks, Tom Benedetti
November 16, 2012 To upgrade info on history on USS ATR-2. Tug was donated to the French about July 1944 and they promptly sunk it after stricking some submerged wreckage at Le Havre. Crew was transfered to London where I was upgraded to Chief Machinist Mate,USN as a result of becoming a "salvage diver" in Normandy. I wound up in charge of shore patrol, in London, night shift. From Peter Fiori, "email@example.com"
My first reunion brought back a flood of memories and renewals of comradery. Am planning for the Pensacola reunion in 2013. My girlfriend took some great pics with her ipad gadget. Makes it easier for my old eyes. Thanks for all the hard work and organizing of all the events.
Another great time at the NAFTS convention. Thanks to Shirley and Harry for all they did. No incidents with the limberger this year. I really enjoyed those young people with the violins. Also the USS Wisconsin. Good luck to our shipmate Hal as he recovers from his fall on the way home.
I served with Steve Buscher on the Safeguard ARS-25 I was on 1975-1979 would like to hear from other shipmates Keith Crout Montour Falls New York
This is my second attempt to join. Both times as I try to pay I get a message page error. Thanks Floyd
Hi, My father, David Casano, served on ATA-193 in 1945 I was hoping to learn more about his vessel and his crew Can you help? Thank you Frank Casano
Hi. Looking for info (like crew lists) for ATR32. I'm pretty sure that's the tug my Dad (David Bowler) was on and I'd like to verify it. Please contact me if you have any information.
Served as a LTJG aboard the USS NIPMUC FROM 1964 THROUGH 1966 BASED IN NEWPORT, R. I.
Served ab oard the USS Mataco ATF-86 1963-1966
I was stationed on USS CHOWANOC (ATF 100) from 68-69. We made a tour to Vietnam during that period. I retired from the Navy in 1980
I served aboard the USS Preserver ARS-8 as a BM1 DV, We had a great crew when I was aboard. I left the ship in 1975 for Sat. training and went to the USS ORTOLAN ASR-22 [the old 22 maru] spent 2 tours on her. Retired in 1991 as a W-4.
I served on the USS COATOPA, YTM 382 Newport, RI from 1969-1971. Any others out there.
My grandfather(Cecil Cuthbert) was the first CO of the USS Alsea. He served on board this boat from 1943 when it was first commissioned until 1945. He went on to command the USS Constellation which now sits in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. At the time the Constellation was used as and officer training vessel. Also, my father(Cecil as well) was engineering and supply officer on board the USS Accokeek until 1962 when he retired from the Navy.
I grew up working on my fathers tugs inland from philly to va. my father sold the tugs and closed up the business back in 1989 and I being young and stupid thought there would be time for us to start back up again, well long story short here we our 23 later and I have been exhausting every channel I can find trying to get back on a tugboat!!!
I need to contact your membership chairman about the passing of one of your members.
My father, Harry Easton Starr, Jr. served on the USS Takelma, ATF 113, during WWII. He used to attend reunions with his shipmates; however, he passed June 2, 2010. I am trying to establish a section at the New Orleans WWII museum to honor the Naval Salvagers who were with him. Currently they do not have a section for these heroes since there were so few and many have passed. If you are still out there or a family member is and can help me accumulate information on their time in Guadal Canel, South Pacific and the days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor - please help me.
I served aboard the Shakori on the around the world cruise in 1965. The salvage ship USS Opportune was with us to tow two lift crafts to the Phillipines from Rosyth Scotland.
My father served on the USS MUNSEE ATF-107 from 1960-1964 and was even at Christmas Island during Operation Dominic. If any of you served within that time frame please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your hats for sale dept Luiseno ATF 156 is misspelled!
Hopefully someone on your site can give me some information. My father was Charles"A" Ramsey, service #3505064. He served on the USS Naragannsett. To my best recollection he saw action in Sicily, Southern France & North Africa. His dates of service were 1941-46. Sory if this is vague but that's all I remember as I was a child when he related his stories about the "Nasty Narrita" . My email address is Colormebad13@verizon.net. I would appreciate any information anyone can give me. Thanks for your service. Patricia Ramsey Wisneski
Was and Engineman on the USS Mataco ATF 86 from April to December '73. Would like know if there are any of the crew still around during that time. She was a good ship.
Would like to hear from any shipmates 77-79
Great site. My Great Uncle Jack Giles served on the USS Anchor in WW II. Visited him last week. Was following up on the info he gave me.
I just joined the NAFTS .I served on the Lipan ATF 85. 1969 had two trips to Alaska and to Midway. WAs en2 , hung out with Wally Rice. Hope to bE at the reunion in NorforkN
I was aboard the USS Lipan ATF-85, in 1956 as a Radioman. During 1956 we participated in -Operation Redwing - the Thermonuclear Weapons Testing in the Marshall Islands. Great experience. Had a great crew aboard at the time. Just stopped by to say Hello to all the old Tuggers who still check in this site every now and then. Hope everyone is healthy and enjoying life.
Thanks for the info Rodger. Just for clarification, is he the only WWII Munsee survivor that belongs to NAFTS, or the only one, period? Love you website. Enjoy the comments and pictures. Thanks, * * * Keyes
Looking for anyone that served at Tug Ops Bangor Subase in the mid to late 80's. Tug boats that were there at that time were the YTB779, YTB764 and YTB761. Also look for Moe Desverges "Subase Bangor Shipmates" group on Facebook.
Was reading through the guestbook today and discovered a 2 year old post from John Ward, Jr. His father, John Ward, Sr., served on the USS Munsee during WWII. I found his name on the muster roll with my father, James C. Zahourek. Any other WWII/Munsee vets out there?
Hi my name is Robert i live in the north east of England i am looking for info on a tug that was built in the us. She was the usn batr 17 she was one of the tugs made avilable under the lend lease to the Royal navy as HMS Director, can enybody tell me what happend to her when she was returned in 1946 to USN MANY THANKS Robert
Served on board USS Escape ARS-6 in 1962 SN San Juan PR was our home port.
would like to see your web site
served aboard the uss escape ars-6 1969-1970.It was better than the rice pattys !!!!would like to hear from my fellow inmates.
Rodger, My brother Robert e-mailed me Said you cashed his check but have not included him on membership list. Also,I sent you a check but membership status has not been up-dated. Allen
There will be a Reunion between the Arikara People and the Arikara Sailors at their home in New Town, ND June 18-25th 2012. All former crew members are invited. Space is limited. Camping is encouraged. If you would like to be there please contact me ASAP. The Arikara's are rolling out the red carpet for us. We will be turning over many items for their Museum. email@example.com. Sail on...
I served aboard the USS Ponchatoula AO-148 and am trying to locate a old shipmate of mine that was transfered to the ATA-192 in the mid '50's. He as a SM-3 or 2 at that time. He was from Mt. Vernon, NY. I would appreciate it if anyone knows his whereabouts to let me know or send me contact information.
Rodger:Check is in the mail today for renewal/update of membership.Looking forward to Norfolk in Oct. Mailing a membership app to my brother in N.C.He was on ATA-187 with me. Can you mail him a copy of the last TOWLINE? Robert Dahmer P.O.Box 781 Walnut Cove,N.C. 27057 This should be what it takes to get him off the fence.LoL Allen#2593
I am hoping that maybe there is someone here whom might have knoe m grandfather and have pictures. His name is Jack Giles and he was on the Anchor from 1943 to 1946, shortly left the ship in april of 46 for rehabilitation leave and reassignment, but i dont have information past that. If there is anyone that might have known him and or have a crew book that may have a photo please e mail me. I would so greatfully appreciate it. Thank you to all.
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RM3 and RM2. Aboard Tillmook ATA-192 part of 54 and 55.
March 3, 2012 Hello and greeting to all. Alice P. Hatcher, my grandmother, christened the USS Arapaho, ATF-68, here in Charleston, SC, 1943. A few photographs, framed letters, a postcard from then the assistant undersecretary James Forrestal written in pencil to her; and an engraved Ship's Silver Plate presented to grandmother remain with the family here in Charleston. Six of her seven sons were serving active duty at the time of christening; the seventh had tried to join but failed the medical exam. 5 sons served in the Navy and one the Army. One son, a naval aviation repairman, was stationed on Ford Island December 7, 1941, was wounded and still able to help to fight the fires on his aircraft group. Three of her sons were awarded officer commissions during the war, 2 for the US Navy and one with the US Army. The army member was assigned to the British in 1940 and fought with them in North Africa in the earlier fights with their open-turret tank corp. Jim Hatcher, Charleston, SC
my friend willie wells from stony creek va, would love to hear from any shipmates.he was on accokeek ata-181 in philly from may 59 to 1961.his no is434-246-6421
Came across your site by chance may I take the oppertunity of expressing hearful thanks for renewing old memories.As you realise I am not a member but I did serve on the British rescue tug Empire Sandy from 1944 to 1945,then joined various other shipping companies in the UK ending up in the police service,I was only a fifteen year old lad when I ran away from home in Wales and managed to join Empire Sandy, they did not ask awkward question about your age on the Tugs and as a youngster I wanted to enlist. Apologies for intruding but I was thrilled in seeing your site. Kindest Regards Sam
I stumbled across your site and glad Idid.Iserved on USS PAIUTE ATF-159 from 68 to 69 as an EM/3
Hi Capt. W. Nickelson, hope to see you and Michael Edwards at this year's (2012)reunion. I am looking foreward to being there . I served on the U S S Grasp ARS 24 from 1967 to 1969.
Looking for info on the US NAVY TUG ATR 8, was my fathers (John D. STEELE)ship until 1946 . Anything would be helpful. IN 1946 or 47 ship had an 8ball on the stack. Thanks Michael Steele
My dad was chief petty officer Richard David. Nuttall, the ships doctor, and was always referred to as "doc".in addition, he was the diver, and ran the decompression chamber,among other duties. We were stationed in Hawaii, and lived in the housing at the very end of pearl city pennisula from 1955 to 1961. I was. The oldest at the time, and rember when Hawaii was made the 49 th state, they had the sea planes always taking off just past where we lived. Within a few minutes walk I could go to this.little pier, and fish for crabs from the pilings, and straight across was ford island, and what W's left of the Arizona. There were still sunken ships, some upside down still. I remember hearing about the raising the midget sub, my dad being one of the divers. I remember going on the ship several times as a kid, and seeing the ship. Coming back from wespac cruises
Anybody out there from Allegheny 1965-1967 I still live in Brooklyn? GILLIAM
I served proudly as a BM3, aboard the USS Cree ATF84 from 1971 through 1975. During my tour of duty, and not unlike many of my fellow shipmates, I had the fortune of having many memorable experiences both good and less than good. However, every experience helped shape how I conduct my life to present day. And, I would never change any moment of my sailor's life. Finally, I would entertain communication with other Cree "Ready" shipmates who would like to share their memories.
San francisco bay area news this morning; "old Navy tug sinks in Richmond harbor". This is one of the two ATFs moored at Richmond. The one sinking is the currently named "Tiger". I do not know what her commissioned name was. The news stories are available by GOOGLE search. Use the search words old navy tug sinks in Richmond, CA
Had a great time at the reunion in Hawaii. This was my first reunion but looking forward to many more. Thanks to everyone involved in making the HAWAII REUNION such a success. All your hard work is greatly appreciated.
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.
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.
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
I run a web site ussatlanta.com, 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
served on yard tug ytb753 in gitmo 1964-1965
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Very honest,kind and interesting.
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
was stationed onboard cgc chilula watf 153 1962-1964. please email any info you mite have. bill sexton thanks very much.
I served on YTB 760 in 1987 / It was a wonderful expierence. i wish i could do it again.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thanks for NAFTS and its members.
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
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 * * *
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
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.
I served aboard the YTB 406 in sasebo Japan under Tierney Bos'n Mate 1 st class from 1960 . Sasebo Japan through 1961
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
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
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.
Father was on ATR 8 WW11 Thanks!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hello everybody! I am a happy owner of the former ST-480 tugboat since 2008.The name is now TOLVAN (twelwe in swedish) or the twelfth. Tolvan get her name already 1947. She was built in New York Brooklyn at the JK Welding shipyard in 1944. Restoration is what she need,anyway she is a pearl allready,whit the original main engine ATLAS IMPERIAL 6 HM 2124.,and many other things from that time. Whit my kindest regards Bengt.
USS Kiowa A T F 72 from 1962 to 1963 USS Keywadin A T A 213 from 1966 to 1967 .I was one of the EN's. Boyd Newton
1967 thru 1968 duty on USS Mataco ATF 86-ships office YN3. Had great duty, lots of fun & some rough times. Would like to hear from anyone who served with me.
Dad served on USS Tawasa around 1956. Was part of operation Wigwam . Loved his service on the tug. Passed 11-13 08 .Son kinda keeping his thoughts alive
My Uncle Robert Shrader born 04/26/1915 served on the USS Nauset in WWII which was bombed 09/09/1943 off the coast of Salerno , Italy ,he was considered MIA ,were there any survivors any recoveries, just would like to know. thank you!
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.
My Grandfather served on the USS Sabeata, YTB 287 from 1944 to 1946. He rode out the Typhoon under Admiral Halsey's command. My dad and I would LOVE to hear from anyone who was on the ship with him- Irl V. Everett Jr. Or anyone who remembers him.
USS Chowanoc "71 to 74"
Served aboard , ABNAKI(ATF-96) 1967-1970,GRASP(ARS-24) 1972-1974.Both great duty.
I served on USS PRESEVER ARS 8 1966 till 1968. Are there ever any reunions for PRESEVER.
My dad was on the ATR-34 at the end of WW II. He was a GMG3. He was talking about his time on the tug and taking care of the 3" 50 on the bow so I thought I would look up some info. The site I found led me here. My dad is Harley "Mac" McDougal. He is 81 years old and has some short term memory problems, but he enjoyed talking about the old times when I saw him this past Christmas (09). He says he was based in Japan just after the war and remembers the big typhoon at that time. He also mentioned having to go out into the harbor and bring the battleship Nagato back around when she got out of position, there being too few mooring buoys to tie all the ships up properly. He spoke of being based at "Yokasuka" but I don't know if that was at the same time and place as the Nagato. ATR-34 was decommissioned in 1946 and my dad was on the decommissioning crew. He was discharged at Memphis TN July 3, 1946 and married my mom nine days later. By the way, if you did the math, he lied about his age to join the navy. When they figured it out, they offered to discharge him and he chose to stay in. Just thought I would share a little history and wondered if there were some old veterans out there who might have been on the same ship. I tell my dad how proud I am of him, but he just waves it off. We're proud of all you veterans. Jim McDougal
This keeps getting better avery time I get on it to see what you guys have done.I would like to wish all of you a very happy new year!!!!
Stumbled accross your web site after seeing a bumper sticker on a truck ahead of me during the commute home from work. After browsing the site I have to ask.... can I get a bumper sticker? I have never served in the military, I hold high reguards for those who have. Thanks in advance, Tim Sutton
I am looking for any USS TAMAQUA (YTB 797) Sailors from 1983 to 1984. At the time I was an EMFA.
Stumbled on this site looking for some intel on USS Takelma ATF113 to share with my grown sons. Served aboard her '75-'79 in Pearl, San Diego and, as we all know, one of those wonderful WestPac cruises. In touch with several shipmates, and we have threatened to work on a reunion. NAFTS looks like a great way to find and reconnect on a much bigger scale. Would love to hear from any Takelma shipmates that may already be members!
Hi Rodger I enjoyed going thrue the list of fleet tug sailors. Merry Xmas, and god bless all of you.If you served on one of these tugs you are alll special.
Looking for anyone who was on the Hopi ATF71 during Operation Mariner Sept 53 in the north Atlantic when she came along side my ship the USS Caloosahatchee AO 98 for fuel and ended up hitting us. We were also hit by a DD in the fan tail. I think the Hopi lost its port anchor and some railing. Please e-mail me at email@example.com 🙂
It was a GREAT REUNION. Hats off to the committee and officers. My only regrets were that Edna was unable to attend and that Rodger did not find us sooner. This was my 4th and I am looking forward to my 5th. Thanks again for providing us such a grand time.
Las Vegas reunion was very good. This was my first reunion. Attended with my dad, Don Morris/Zuni.
Any shipmates around that was on USS Tawasa ATF-92 during the Westpac cruise 68, specifically 3 June when we diverted to tow the aft end of the Frank E. Evans DD 754 after collision with HMAS Melbourne to Subic Bay.
thames tugs recomended this site to me, i am looking for any imformation , about h m s nimble,w 1 2 3, for a former crew member,any record would be very welcome. regards tony calvert.
just wanted to wish all my fellow tuggers a happy thanksgiving.hope you all have a great time in vegas.wish i was going.not in the cards this year.had a great time in providence. jeff uss utina atf-163
It is with sadness that just a few moments ago I learned the passing of Theodore C. Mason, WW2 crewman of the USS Pawnee and a writer of his wartime experiences. I've read two of the three books, ("Battleship Sailor" & "We Will Stand By You" and besides finding his story a good read, Mr Mason came across to me as a down-to-earth, fair-minded, very decent kind of guy of strong opinions. May he rest in peace. Mr Mason's books have, in a their way, brought out of some obscurity, perhaps, the important and interesting world of salvage operations. I wonder if the "Liverpool bridle" is still employed. :c) I liked the ending of one book where Mr Mason says of his work: "It is better to save than destroy". Anyhow, keep up the good work. :c) I wonder what happened to Yvonne Leckie. P.S. I served in the Royal Navy.
I John E. Walsh was a GMG-2 served on the U.S.S.Conserver ARS-39. U.S.S.Deliver ARS23. U.S.S.Grapple ARS-7. and the Fleet Tug U.S.S. Hitchti ATF-103. Between the year 1961 and 1967. All ships was at Pearl Harbor, HI.
I served aboard the Shakori ATF-162 from 1965-1966 before discharge in Subis Bay Phillipines,looking for crewmates at that time,especially carman.Best Tug I was ever on,the Muggs, deck hand. Towing a salvage liftcraft (barge) from Scotland to Vietnam.I have tried for years to catch up with some of the crew,so if any of you guys know me,get in touch,Bob from Boston.
haven't been to site for a while. it's great was on ute - atf-76 @59-62 am i cuurent on dues???
Served aboard the USS Paiute (ATF-159) Mayport FL 1962-1963 as a PN3 in the Ship's office. The Paiute was the only ATF between Mayport, Key West and Panama (another homeport of the Paiute) so we were kept busy with towing to Gytmo and all the target towing for the greyhounds out of Mayport, etc. Many many stories are with this ATF! Glad I came across your site!
I was stationed on board the USS Quapaw ATF 110 in 1967-1968 . Then I transfered in 1968-1969 to NSA Danang,Vietnam. I enjoyed my time in the U.S. Navy.
I just found this site ,it is great. It thrilled me to see CHOWANOC ATF 100. Jest the name does something for me. I was a plank owner put her in commision. Served 43 To46 GM 2nd.
Many Moctobi pictures are scattered throughout my PBase Photo Galleries. I can't enter a URL here in standard format so.... go to www dot pbase dot com/canonball and browse the galleries for lots of pix of my Navy days and the Moctobi. Regards, Gordon
Hi, i served onboard the USS Seneca ATF 91 from 1959 / 1963. I just found this site and wanted say hi fellow shipmates
HELLO FELLOW SHELLBACKS!!! I SERVED ON THE RUSTY-R 1980-1984 I'M LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT SEVERED ON THE SHIP WITH ME AT THAT TIME, WE WANT TO HAVE A REUNION NEXT YEAR. ALSO I'M LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING SAILORS.. YN THOMAS, BM STRONG, SK CAMERON, MS NATALIE,RM MARANKI, DOC KAISER, SM MARTIN, SM BARTLETT, QM PARAHAM, MS CHONG, EN DAVES, EN KUDO, EN PHIL KID,BM ANDERSEN, MASTER CHIEF MC KENZIE, LT BLACK, CWO3 FEARS, LT DAVIS, RUSTY GARCIA, BM BENOIT, BM WACHACEE, QM BOTKINS, TO NAME A FEW. NOW THIS CREW WAS AWESOME... WE HAD EVERY SHIPS AWARD YOU CAN GET, OH YEAH LETS NOT FORGET RM PARSONS THE SOFTBALL MASTER, EM GRANT, EM ROSARIO, FELLOWS IF YOU FIND ANYONE FROM THIS CLASS 1980-1984 PLEASE E-MAIL ME- PO THOMPSON BASSBIZ5@YAHOO.COM EN DUP, RM BROWN,AND EN CHERRY I'M IN CONTACT WITH EACH MONTH. THANKS VERY MUCH
I was aboard the USS Reclaimer ARS-42 from 1968-1970. We had two west-pacs while I was there. Would like to hear from any of the guys that were aboard and would also like to know who is coming to the Las Vegas reunion. Anyone out there?
Aloha, I reported aboard my first ship the USS Cocopa (ATF-101) the 4th of July 1960. I was a new Ensign just out of the NROTC program at the University of Idaho. The Cocopa was then homeported at Pearl Harbor. After a Westpac tour and a few other assignments the Cocopa received orders to change homeport to San Diego. I transferred from the ship in Dec 1961. Would like to extend a fond aloha to all the crew.
Great site I am building a 1/48 scale atf and the site gave me alot of info
USS PAIUTE 159....1987-1990
Hi was cook on board molala 69-73 alot of great guys/memories God Bless
Nice site. I served in the U.S.S.Current ARS-22 and the U.S.S.Conserver ARS-39. Talk about your working ships. Whew.
Served on USS Sioux ATF-75 1957 to 1961 IC2 Great duty helped an 18 yr old grow up and get some direction in his life. Made some life long friends and had experiences that will stay with me forever. I say hello to all my brothers who served on the old ATF's. We were part of a very close, unique, elite group of sailors. ..Big "E"
Any photos of the YTM Konoko (Known in Merchant Service as the Emma Brown). Any info greatly appreciated Best Regards, Foster Remember the Texas
I have in my possession a ship's bell that is stamped "USS ATR 32 1943". I am presently attempting to locate a history, pictures or any other memerobilia regarding this ship.
Great web site. I visit any Navy Veteran web sites that sound interesting and try to stay in touch with veterans of any USN unit that ever serviced a submarine. Tugs alway facinated me. Boats with small elite crews are the best in the Navy. I say a plaque in your web site from U S Naval Forces Marianas. I have been looking for the corresponding patch for my SubVets vest and have not been able to locate one. If any one knows where to get one please let me know. Respectfully Tom Rumsey MMCS(SS) USN Retired
Have been viewing your web site and am wishing someone from your group could possibly let me know where I could obtain plans of the WW11 US Navy ATR tugs so that I can build a model there of. I viewed a couple of pics of a n abandoned ATR tug in South America. During WW11 I worked on tugs on the lower Miss River and saw many of those tugs on the river, thanks for any help someone can provide. Paul LeBoeuf
I served aboard the USS Cree ATF-84 in the early 70's. Great ship,Good duty. I still correspond with a couple of my old shipmates, Steven Walla and William Kieth We were all enginemen. Great web site.
Just checking out the guest book. Served on the USS Reclaimer ARS-42 from November 1979 - June 1980.
Hello to all, hope to see some Reclaimer ARS-42 sailors in Las Vegas this November. EN-2 Ars -42 11/59 to 5/63 Twice over shellback.Eagerly awaiting my next towline. Dennis #2353
I'm sorry, forgot the d in Rodger Dana's name.
Best wishes to everyone. Hope to see everyone in Lost Wages. Thanks to Don Graham and Roger for blaming limberger cheese on Lipan sailors. They really are a rowdy bunch.
Hi! Everyone, I served on board the ROCN Ta-Tai ATF-563 (Taiwan Navy) from Jun. 1985 to Jun. 1995. Ta-Tai ATF-563 also was the USS Shakori ATF-162. I love the ship a lot. She has a glory past, and is also in good condition and serving in Taiwan Navy now!
Served on the USS Tawakoni from 1967 to 1969. Haven't seen many Tawakoni guys on this website. Maybe one day I will make a reunion.
JUST CHECKING OUT GUEST BOOK. WAS ON QUAPAW ATF-110 OCT 60 TO OCT 63. BEST DUTY I HAD IN THE NAVY. HOPE SOMEONE RESTORES IT.
Served on board the USS Luiseno (ATF-156) from 1/1/1972 to 7/1/1975. Was a good time of my life and made lots of friends in the process. Anyone who served during that same time? Would be good to hear from you! All the best to all who served on her and other ships!
served aboard u.s.s. molala atf-106 1960 until aug 1962 would like to hear from ship mates at that time. tks.
I WAS CAPTAIN ON ARMY TUG ST2130 IN VIETNAM ,PART OF 64-65&66-67 cw2 james t dobbins
I served onboard USS Tawasa ATF 92.Will try to make the reunion in nov. I served on board the USS Tawasa ATF-92. Will try to make it to the reunion in Nov. Remember good times like fishing off the fantail while towing a barge to Hawaii.
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!
Served aboard the U.S.S. Umpqua, ATA 209 as an RM2 from 1957-1961. Trying to find shipmates from that time period.
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
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
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
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.
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)
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.
Served on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from Dec 1963 to May 1967
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
Just purchased a light from the Tug Quapaw ATF 110... anyone have any info on it?
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
For Dave Buskey - When were you on the Seneca? Sam Yardumian, IC3, 12/60 - 11/63
Served on the USS Moctobi ATF-105 78-82 was SERVRON 5 Diesel Inspector 85-88
(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!
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
Former USS SENECA ATF91 crewman who just found this site and will be sure to visit it again often in the future
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.)
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.
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
looking forward to Las Vegas had a great time in Providence(except for cheese incident WOW)
was aboard USNS SIOUX T-ATF-171 for two years 87-90
USS Papago ATF-160 Pre-Com crew 1986-1989, Little Creek, VA. IC1
USS Cree ATF 84, 1967...1971 EM2
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.
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.
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
aboard USS Shakori ATF-162 1973-1977 HT-1
Aboard the USS Molala ATF-106 from 1973 to 1975.
Served Aboard U.S.S. Moctobi (ATF-105) NAVSTA Long Beach, California as a QMSN (DRILLRES) from 1980 - 1982.
Ahoy. 1964-68 USS Reclaimer ARS-42 EM3
Served onboard preserver (ars 8) from Oct84 till decommissioned in Sep86.
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.
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
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.
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.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. See you in Vegas Dennis
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.
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.
I served aboard the ATF 158 from 09/1950 to 08/1950 Engineman Apprectice.
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. 🙂
I served aboard USS MATACO ATF-86 1975 to 1977 I would like to hear from any other ship mates 🙂 🙂
Served on USS Luiseno ATF 156 from March '55 till October '57. Anyone around that served at that time???
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.
Hi All anyone out there from the atf94 58,59
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Hope to see all you guys in Providence. Great web page keep up good work.
I wonder If there are any old tugers out there,that went through boot camp at farragut Idaho at camp Scott Co-138-43???
served from 1969 to 1972 Rank EN2
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.
Served aboard the USS Cocopa ATF 101 from 1952 to 1956 as an electricians Mate.
I served aboard the USS BOLSTER ARS38 from March 1952 to May 1953 as an electricians mate.
i am the scottish standard bearer for the d.s.r.t.a. i am trying to promote Robin Williams film here in Scotland. I served on HMS REWARD which sunk on the 10th August 1976 I do not have an e-mail address but visit your site at the library. I may at a future date make arrangements to visit you in memory of my mentor and friend DEANE WYNNE (MY DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN THE MEMBERSHIP LIST OF THE DSRTA)
I served aboard the USS Mataco ATF 86 from Feb 1956 till July 1958 Mustered out as En2.
Ahoy! If anyone knows where I can get a ship's patch for the USS LIPAN (ATF-85) please let me know. I have this empty space on my patch jacket and it would look great there. LIPAN was the best surface ship I was ever on. I had a blast.
I am of the OLD Navy. 1955 to 1959. Served on the ATF Chowanc with Rodger Dana,but I am better looking!!54566
Great web site..Served on the USS CREE ATF-84 early 70's..Hull Tech-3rd class
En3/DV2- USS Cocopa ATF101 From March 71 to Aug 72, Adak, Westpac. Fuel oil and water king, in charge of solo shell evaporator, top watch, member of diving and salvage crew. Could still operate D boiler in my sleep.
Good job, Tom. I'll see everyone in Provedence.
Tom What a great improvemet. See you on RI Dennis
My dad, Lt. Henry Barger, skippered ST 715 (Gateville) in Southampton Harbor, England as part of the 340th Harbor Craft Company from 1944-1946. I have been researching his tug for a couple of years, and although I have been able to find much information on Navy tugs, I have found precious little on Army tugs. I would appreciate any sources of information you might be able to suggest.
Roger; What a wonderful web Page. Hello to all ATF Sailors.
Served on USS Cahokia (ATA-186) 1967-1968 as the Ship's Medical Represenative, my first sea duty, made 1st class, lot of fond memories.
To the Wardroom: I just found my spring issue of the Towline, and left the mail box thinking that the cover photo looked very much like a photo of mine taken of Moctobi at the Alpha Docks, Peal Harbor. Surprise,surprise. Thank you for the usage and attribution of it, Gentlemen! Ralph Carpenter USS Moctobi ATF-105 (64-67) Safford, AZ
First time in the new guest book. Looking back I see a couple more guys from USS COCOPA ATF101. I was there after EMA school Feb 1965 till Sept. 1967. Went from EMFA to EM2. Transfered to USS MARS AFS1. Any guys from COCOPA please feel free to e mail me at email@example.com THANKS FOR KEEPING UP THE WEBSITE. BOB
Just found the new web site real neat.
I was on the Tawasa ATF 92 from 1965 to 1967. I was a Engineman striker working in the main engine room. They used to call me Irish or Brooklyn. We made an Adak Alaska cruse while I was abord. If anyone was abord during my time please write.....
Served aboard USS Seneca, ATF-91 1966-1967
On Board USS Mosopelea 1965 1968 USS Preserver 1968 1969
After boot camp I went aboard the USS Allegheny-ATA-179 for 3 months before going to guided missile school. Winter '56-'57. (seavey-shorvey? program). It was a most enjoyable experience. We were operating out of Brooklyn Navy Yard doing underwater research for Columbia Univ. made a couple of "Rum Runs" to Bermuda While aboard. Had it not been for the school-I would liked to have done my whole tour aboard her.
I am (USNRET). I have a OUR NAVY magasine July, 1971. It has the USS Cree (ATF- 84) as the ship of the month. I will donate to your association. I only ask that it be kept in the association and shared wiyh the crew of the Cree. My Pd # is 7172646013. Call or email me and I will send it to the association. Garland