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.
Was sad to read here about TT,s passing. Got to know him and Charlie at the reunions.
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 served on the USS Apache ATF67 from 1952 thru 1954. Am now retired and living in sunny Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
served aboard the uss escape ars-6 1969-1970.It was better than the rice pattys !!!!would like to hear from my fellow inmates.
would like to see your web site