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Jimmy Rodriguez Jimmy Rodriguez from Ocean Springs MS wrote on June 26, 2021
I Caint log onto website. They say my password in invalid. Please send me a password so I can log onto site. My membership # 2213
Ed Adamsky Ed Adamsky from South River, NJ wrote on March 21, 2021
I was on the USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) from 1961 to 1965. Email me to talk
Donald MacLean Donald MacLean from Show Low, AZ wrote on January 20, 2021
Hello, I just joined. I served on Lipan ATF 85 1955 to 1957, Grapple ARS 7 from 1957 to 1958 and Tawasa ATF 92 from 1958 to 1959. Looking for guys who served on those ships at same time.
Dale Hower Dale Hower wrote on October 1, 2020
USS Conserver ARS-39 Reunion
Dates: April 28 - May 2, 2021
Location: Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
5700 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-7025
Location website:
Contact: Dale Hower ETCS USN (RET)
Contact email:
Contact address: 10407 Santana Street
Santee, CA 92071
Contact phone: (619) 449-4499

Reunion information, registration and hotel reservation information is available at

Thank you,

Dale Hower ETCS USN (RET)
USS Conserver Reunion Committee
Larry Watkins Larry Watkins from LOS ALAMITOS wrote on July 25, 2020
Hi. I served on the LT-1975 at the Deep Water Port of Sattahip, Thailand, 1968-1970. I loved almost every minute of it. I wrote my first novel, The Bangkok Blues, based on my time there. You can find it on Amazon, plus my two others.
Kevin Dunn Kevin Dunn wrote on May 18, 2020
One of the saddest days I can remember was as a member of the decommissioning crew of the USS Molala ATF106. When watching the colors being struck and the commissioning pennant being take down. Then the transfer of the ship to the Mexican government. At that point the Mexican flag was raised and the ship brought back to life as a member of the Mexican Navy. Very sad day.
Cathy Aitken (Sutherland) Cathy Aitken (Sutherland) from Fort Myers, Florida wrote on April 9, 2020
My Dad was Captain John Aitken. He was the Captain in Command of the Arikara during the Normandy Invasion. He and his crew retrieved bodies off the beach of soldiers who died on the front lines of the invasion. He also was responsible for saving many soldiers by picking them out of the water and bring them aboard his ship. He was a brave soldier who did what was expected of him, proudly. But he came home and was never the same. Life was tough for him, his wife and his children. What he saw and experience during the war was tragic. I know we call them great men, and they were, but the pain, the tragedy of war was behind horrendous. My Dad was scared terribly in so many ways. I lost my favor before I was conceived. Sorry Dad, it wasnโ€™t your fault. The government owed you medical, emotional and spiritual help when you returned to the United States of America.
Your daughter, Cathy
bob guttenberg bob guttenberg from Madison wrote on January 6, 2020
My Father, also Bob, was stationed on YTB 395 USS Wingina. I can't imagine there are many if any of his shipmates are still living. My Father passed in 2005. He spoke of good times in Seattle and the surrounding area including Bremerton. Ironically I laso spent 6 months in Bremerton as The USS Bainbridge CGN-25 was there for refueling. I was an IC1 functioning as a nuclear trained electrician. I would hearing from any crew or relative related to USS Wingina.
Tom Fogerty Tom Fogerty from Wheaton, IL wrote on December 1, 2019
Served on USS Atakapa ATF 149 during 1972-1973 as XO/Navigator. Was privileged to have served under two wonderful skippers, Fred Sears and Mike McGrath. Sadly, Mike passed away not too long ago.. Was wondering if anyone knew of Fred Sears' whereabouts. Also that of Tom Larkin, another great officer on board at that time.Thanks.
David Wolfe David Wolfe from MECHANICSBURG, PA wrote on October 16, 2019
Was looking for any comments regarding the USS Samoset ATA-190. Served aboard her from APR57 to SEP59 as an ET2. She was a great ship and a real workhorse. We were in and out from Norfolk as the ATF's rested on their coffee grounds!! Maybe the ATA's were cheaper to operate.

Dave Wolfe
Dale Hower Dale Hower wrote on September 6, 2019
USS Conserver ARS-39 is having our eight reunion on April 23-26, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield, CA. Reunion registration information and hotel reservation information can be found at
Nancy Walsh, daughter of William J. Walsh Nancy Walsh, daughter of William J. Walsh from Longview WA wrote on August 17, 2019
My father, William J. Walsh, served on the USS Bannock ATF-81 during WWII during the invasion of Normandy. I am looking for any info on the Bannock, pictures, stories, anything. I know most all crewmen are deceased but possibly family members of those crewmen may have bits to share. Wish I had learned more when I father was alive but he rarely spoke of his service.
Joseph Wasko Jr. Joseph Wasko Jr. from Florence, KY wrote on January 8, 2019
Served on USS Tawakoni ATF114 in 67-68. When I passed my BM2 test I got orders to be a Boat Capt with IUWG-1 in Qui Nhon. Anyone from the Tawakoni out there?
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow
Joseph, NAFTS has 10 other crew members from the Tawakoni on our roles. If you go to the membership page you can do a search by hull # and see who we have.

"PJ" Rolow
Robert Laravie Robert Laravie from Port Jefferson NY wrote on December 21, 2018
I an researching a Navy aircraft salvage operation in the Long Island Sound late 1951 or early 1952. From the son and daughter, there father the Grumman test pilot Bruce Tuttle the aircraft sank intact ,about 2 miles off or Port Jefferson NY on December 10th 1951 . The salvage operation may have been in 1952. I have obtained the Navy aircraft accident card from NHHC. It states the 3rd Naval District performed the salvage . no ship are listed. I was looking at ARS ships, and was starting to look at deployment history , than go into the deck logs, but than found this site. on Fleet Tugs. Did Fleet tugs participate in aircraft recovery in this timeframe. Other aircraft recovery's of this era list the Navy Diver School in Bayonne NJ and a Navy yard freighter ( assume Brooklyn Yard). The father told the kids that the Navy diver was also featured in a new article that he recovered a gun in the New York's East River, I assume for the police. Not much to go on but any leads appreciated. My email is Thanks, Robert
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

Not sure I am going to be much help with this but I thought I would relate what little I may know. While I did not serve in the Navy during the time period you are seeking information on, as a former Navy diver, Executive Officer, and Navigator on Fleet Tugs and Salvage Ships, I can tell you that there is a good possibility that the salvage operation could have been done or assisted by either class of ship. The aft boom of the ships were used to hoist many a salvage project and an aircraft could have been placed on its fantail or on a barge towed to the scene. Also likely is that divers from a detachment or the Dive School could have also been dispatched to the scene to augment either shipโ€™s company to perform the task or they could have gone to the scene in a small boat and performed the operation from a barge with the support of a yard crane. In either case, it will be a daunting task to narrow down the full details. I do not know if the diving logs from the Dive School or from any of the ships have been archived. If they have been, then I would start with the Dive School and then for the ARSs and ATFs stationed on the East Coast at the time. If the project was supported by a Naval Ship the Deck Logs would certainly reference the operation.

Hope this helpsโ€ฆ you have a tough task ahead finding the information you seek.

"PJ" Rolow, LCDR, USN, (Ret)
Dale Hower Dale Hower from Santee, CA wrote on November 4, 2018
Reunion Name: USS Conserver ARS-39
Reunion website:
Dates: April 24-28, 2019
Location: Radisson Hotel
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 120 South Wildwood Drive
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Branson MO 65616
Contact: ย Kevin Weaver
Contact email: kcwrdc@yahoo.comย 
Contact address: ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  160 Haddon Drive
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Macungie, PA 18062
Contact phone number: ย  (610) 780-5484
Details and online registration ย at ย

Thank you

Dale Hower, Treasurer
USS Conserver Reunion Committee
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow
Dale and all former USS CONSERVER crewmembers,

I hope you have a great Reunion in Branson and hope advertising it here helps you in reaching a broader audience.

I also want to invite the CONSERVER group to consider joining with NAFTS during our annual Reunions. We always hold open at least one night during our Reunion for individual ship gatherings and set aside tables during our Farewell Banquet so ships can gather together before departing. In 2018 the USS TAKELMA group discontinued holding their own Reunion due to declining attendance and joined with us in Baton Rouge for a great time. You don't have to be a member of NAFTS to attend but I would encourage anyone serving on any of the workhorses of the Navy to consider it as we publish a quarterly magazine and the work is already being done to organize annual Reunions around the country. The 2019 NAFTS Reunion will be from 3-6 September in Green Bay, WI and in 2020 it will be the first week in October in Albuquerque, NM for the Balloon Festival.

All the best and I hope you have a great Reunion.

"PJ" Rolow
NAFTS Treasurer and VP for Reunions
Susen (daughter of Ralph E. Black) Bryant Susen (daughter of Ralph E. Black) Bryant wrote on July 9, 2018
Hello! My father, Ralph E. Black served aboard the USS Hitchiti from 1965-1971. He passed away 5 years ago, on July 14, 2013, due to the affects of Agent Orange. I helped my Mom with a 2.5 year battle with the VA for her claim. I am wanting to do what I can to get the Hitchiti added to the VA roster of ships that are recognized, but I need help from shipmates who served with him during the Vietnam era, hoping for details of the time spent in Vietnam and if they have suffered also with the affects of Agent Orange. I do have deck logs and am working on plotting the position of the ship during the tours. I am pursuing this not only to honor my Dad but those who served alongside him that also may have been afflicted with this horribleness. I do not want other families to have to go through the lengthy ordeal with the VA.
I can be emailed at Thank you for any help. (if this is not appropriate, you may remove)
Dennis DOW Dennis DOW from palm harbor wrote on July 3, 2018
Was part of the USS Hugh Purvis DD 709 that towed the USS Safeguard from the rocks in Vietnam in 1968-1969.
Would like to hear from anyone that was aboard the Safeguard at that towing.

Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

We will be adding your request for information in our April 2019 edition of our magazine. Should we get a response from one or more of our members we will get them in touch with you.

All the best,

"PJ" Rolow
NAFTS Treasurer and VP for Reunions
Tim Haynes Tim Haynes from Boston wrote on March 29, 2018
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
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

We will be including your request for photos into our April edition of our magazine. We will be including your email address so they can contact you directly.

All the best,

"PJ" Rolow
Treasurer and VP for Reunions
John Myers John Myers from Chula Vista wrote on March 9, 2018
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.
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your posting.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chuck Winke and he will be happy to assist you in any way he can. A little information follows about our veteranโ€™s organization.

NAFTS sends out a quarterly magazine titled โ€œTowline.โ€ Membership is open to veterans who served on fleet tugs and salvage ships of the USN, USCG and the USA. Membership is also open non-veterans who have an interest in salvage ships.

Members send in articles about their experiences when they served on fleet tugs and salvage ships. Articles are sometimes humorous, but also frequently contain a serious side of the story, as we were all very young at some point in time.

We have a good time at our annual reunions which are always in the Fall. Reunions are rotated around the United States, so members from the northern, southern, eastern, western and mid-western states have an opportunity to attend close to home if that is more convenient. The 2019 reunion will be in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Numerous tours are available to choose from at all of the reunions. NAFTS home page covers our last several reunions including photos!

Annual dues are $30.00 or we have the 5/4/4 plan where you pay $120.00 and in turn you receive five years membership for the price of four years. Payment can be made by check or PayPal. Checks can be sent to our NAFTS Treasurer, Patrick Rolow, 2375 Wedgefield Rd., Sumter, SC 29154.

We have WWII, Korea and Vietnam era veterans, as well as some who served in the 1980โ€™s as present members.

If you choose to join this great veteranโ€™s organization, please include your complete address, phone number, email, ships served and the years, rank and rate.

Please give our organization a try; I donโ€™t think you will be disappointed. Please contact me via email if you are interested or have any questions.


Charles Winke
NAFTS Membership Chairman/
Steve Yankowy Steve Yankowy from Louisville wrote on February 26, 2018
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
Michael Sekich Michael Sekich from TUCSON wrote on January 27, 2018
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 Elmer Fowler from Waynesville Ohio wrote on January 18, 2018
Elmer Fowler EN3 USS Bolster Feb 1952 to Nov.1955 . Good crew good duty.
Gerald Carrigg Gerald Carrigg from Hudson NH wrote on November 25, 2017
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.
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

We will be adding your request for information in an upcoming edition of our magazine. Should we get a response from one or more of our members we will get them in touch with you.
Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson from Newnan wrote on October 23, 2017
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.
Admin Reply by: Patrick J. Rolow

We will be adding your request for information in an upcoming edition of our magazine. Should we get a response from one or more of our members we will get them in touch with you.
TF TF from hamilton Oh wrote on September 20, 2017
YTM-467 is reported to have been lost March 1944 in Marshall or Gilbert islands... Cause not given combat or noncombat

Bryan Pruett Bryan Pruett from San Diego wrote on June 26, 2017

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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Byron Pruett,
Thanks for the update on ex
warm regards
NAFTS Guestbook Monitor
George Shirk George Shirk from Rock Island, IL wrote on June 3, 2017
George served on ATR2 during the Normandy invasion. He will be 94 this August. He can still recall that day.
Admin Reply:
Many thanks for your entry in our NAFTS Guestbook. I will look through the NAFTS ATR2 files to see if some of your shipmates are members
,warm regards
Rodger , Guestbook monitor
Judith Edmonson Judith Edmonson from England wrote on February 3, 2017
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.
Admin Reply:
I have asked via E mail if a couple of Atakapa shipmates might remember your late husband. I'll contact you when I (hopefully) get answers. Thanks for your inquiry to our GUESTBOOK. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Sabine E. (Kaluza) Lyons Sabine E. (Kaluza) Lyons from DeFuniak Springs, Florida wrote on January 28, 2017
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Lyons, There are no NAFTS shipmates associated with YTB 806. Sorry we can't help you this time. Don't give up! sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jim White Jim White from Edgewood, Maryland wrote on January 27, 2017
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Jim, I searched the times of service aboard ATF 105 for our 16 MOCTOBI members but none matched your 1975-1977 time frame. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know by posting in this GUESTBOOK. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Meryl Robertson Meryl Robertson from Durango CO wrote on January 22, 2017
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
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Meryl, I have contacted the NAFTS membership Guy , sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Lou Seymour Lou Seymour from Joliet, Montana wrote on December 13, 2016
USS Preserver (ARS-8) I would like to talk with anyone who has served on or has information on the USS Preserver.
Admin Reply:
Lou, I sent you a Comcast email with some names. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Debbie Proffitt Debbie Proffitt from California wrote on December 11, 2016
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the story about your Dad being stationed aboard ATA 198 USS KEOSANQUA. Please elaborate on the penny story. warm regards, Rodger, GUESTBOOK Monitor
Michelle Hofbauer Michelle Hofbauer from Gig Harbor WA wrote on August 30, 2016
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.
Admin Reply:
Michelle, I sent you a Comcast e-mail about how we might help you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ron Rubay Ron Rubay from Arkansas wrote on August 15, 2016
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
Admin Reply:
Ron, I sent you an Email 16 Aug 2016 Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Mark McCann Mark McCann from Lexington, SC wrote on August 5, 2016
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.
Admin Reply:
Sorry, Info on type ATR is next to none. ATR was a rescue tug with steam power and wooden hull. When the Navy started building the type ATA, ca. 38 ATR orders were cancelled in favor of the diesel-electric steel hulled ATA. warm regards, Rodger NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on June 16, 2016
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
Kelly Pulsifer Kelly Pulsifer from Jacksonville, FL wrote on April 5, 2016
Trying to locate Ch Engineer Bill Hatcher, last residing in Colorado, wife named Hiroko, served together on USS Tawasa (ATF-92) from 1968-1971.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Pulsifer, I sent you a Comcast e-mail with some information. Hope you score! sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Philip H Starks Philip H Starks from Cincinnati Ohio wrote on March 29, 2016
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
Admin Reply:
Philip, I sent you an e-mail sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ken Albrecht Ken Albrecht from San Diego, CA wrote on March 10, 2016
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!
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your info on your father. We are interested in gathering and recording the names of departed Tug shipmates
Pete Ramsey Pete Ramsey from American Falls, Idaho wrote on January 31, 2016
USS Cree ATF 84 1967 -1971 EM-2 trying to figure out website, thanks
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, I sent you an E-mail today from Comcast sincerely, Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Donald P. Jordan Donald P. Jordan from Flemington,N.J. wrote on January 12, 2016
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate , Please send the info to this guestbook using privacy mode so the whole world wont see his data in this guestbook. thanks in advance, Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Edward Welsh Edward Welsh from Prescott Valley,AZ wrote on December 14, 2015
Hello to all.. I served on the USS Tawasa ATF 92 from 1967 -69 . would like to reconnect with fellow crewmembers... thanks.. ed
Admin Reply:
Ed, I went thru the NAFTS members list and you are the only TAWASA shipmate listed for the period 1967-69 I'll send you an e-mail sincerely your NAFTS shipmate Rodger Dana ATF100 1956-58
Richard Zent Richard Zent from Boca Raton Florida wrote on November 4, 2015
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Dick Rodger
Tony LaMantia Tony LaMantia from Davenport Ia wrote on June 23, 2015
Interesting org. I rode some YTB-YTMs & YOs back in the 60s.Do you think this would be a good fit for me? Thanks
Admin Reply:
Tony, I,m sending you an email. Bob Campbell NAFTS SEcretary
Ron Oremland Ron Oremland from California wrote on June 1, 2015
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?
Admin Reply:
Ron, I'm sending you an email. Bob Campbell NAFTS Secretary
Sam Yardumian, IC3 Sam Yardumian, IC3 from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. wrote on April 23, 2015
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?
Admin Reply:
Sam, Sorry it took so long. Some confusion who was supposed to monitor the NAFTS GUEST BOOK! If you like, you can send it to me. I have sent my snail mail address to you via separatet email warm regards, Rodger Dana ATF 100 1956-58
Dean Dean from Oregon wrote on April 7, 2015
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
Jim Ryan Jim Ryan from New Hampshire wrote on March 8, 2015
QM on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from 1974-1977
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on February 16, 2015
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the prompt response. Rodger
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on February 16, 2015
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
Admin Reply:
Please send the list to TOWLINE. Address is in lower left corner of TOWLINE page 1. Thanks for the offer, crew lists are very important to us. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Rollie Corey Rollie Corey from Winona, MN wrote on February 2, 2015
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.
Admin Reply:
Corey, Bob Campbell here, I'm the current NAFTS Secretary. Roger missed one, we have QMC named Olsen that was aboard the Lipan from 68-72.
John H. Watkins John H. Watkins from Asheville N.C. wrote on January 15, 2015
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the entry. I sent you a Comcast e-mail Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Johnny Mack Jones Johnny Mack Jones from Eugene, Oregon wrote on January 5, 2015
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.
Admin Reply:
Johnny, Thanks for checking in. Would you be interested in joining NAFTS? We publish a members-only quarterly called TOWLINE. I'll send a complimentary copy to you if you wish. Make another entry and say yes and I'll contact you. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Theodore Beckett Theodore Beckett from Lewisville, TX wrote on January 2, 2015
Served onboard USS Moctobi ATF 105 1984-85. Any shipmates around.
Admin Reply:
Theodore, Thanks for asking. I sent you some information via Comcast e-mail. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Kenneth E. Williams, YNC, USN, Ret Kenneth E. Williams, YNC, USN, Ret from Jul 69 to Jan 1970 wrote on December 24, 2014
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.
Admin Reply:
What ship was that? Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Florence, KY wrote on December 22, 2014
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?
Admin Reply:
Joe, I sent you a Comcast email. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Earl "Pete" Lehew Earl "Pete" Lehew from Murfreesboro, tennessee wrote on November 19, 2014
Was on the Sea going tug, USS Sagamore 208. Looking for any ship mates
Admin Reply:
Pete, I sent you an e-mail. Did you receive it? Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Mark DiGiacoma Mark DiGiacoma from Delaware wrote on October 10, 2014
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
Admin Reply:
Sorry, There is no record of any ATR-62 shipmates in our NAFTS records. Please let me know if you have any dates to work with. Thanks for asking, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Walter H. NeumannWas Walter H. NeumannWas from retired Spring Hill, Fl. wrote on June 20, 2014
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, Thanks for the Keywadin story. The ATAs were real workhorses in their day!! warm regards, Rodger NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Alan Scott Alan Scott from Lufkin, Texas wrote on June 5, 2014
I served aboard the USS Wandank ATA 204 from oct 69 until it"s decomm in jul 71. I was an ETN2 in ops.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Allan, Thanks for signing the NAFTS GUESTBOOK. We appreciate hearing from fellow NAFTS members and hope that you are doing well. I was ET2 on ATF 100 USS Chowanoc 1956-58. Warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Florence ,KY via Stow, OH wrote on May 27, 2014
Have been looking for years for guys from the Tawakoni ATF-114 who were on board 67-69. Joe Wasko BM2
Admin Reply:
Joe, Thanks for asking. I looked at the website Members Only section and have sent the TAWAKONI list to you via e-mail. WArm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook Monitor
David Griffin David Griffin from East Jordan michigan wrote on May 15, 2014
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??
Jerry Sears Jerry Sears from Hemet California wrote on May 1, 2014
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
Admin Reply:
Jerry, Bob Campbell here, I'm the current NAFTS Secretary. You could not have had a better person to respond to your request than Rodger Dana. He is our resident Chowanoc authority. That being said I may be able to help you find the shipmates you are looking for. I have a pretty good track record of finding folks. I served aboard the Arikara (ATF 98) out of Pearl from 1963-1967. Warm regards, Bob Campbell,
Steven Day Steven Day from Daphne, AL wrote on April 26, 2014
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.
Admin Reply:
Steven, I sent you a personal e-mail Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
troy hayes casselman troy hayes casselman from Dundalk, Maryland wrote on April 18, 2014
used to be on a small tug, in Mare Island, back in 91,92
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your comment. Was the tug a Navy tug? Do you remember the name & hull number of the tug? sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Karen Dill Karen Dill from Somerset, MA wrote on March 9, 2014
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.
Admin Reply:
Karen, I sent you an email. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Red Laursen Red Laursen from CT wrote on February 28, 2014
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.
Edward Lawson Edward Lawson from Stockton, CA wrote on February 19, 2014
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
Admin Reply:
Ed, I sent you an email with contact information. Hope it works for you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
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.
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you an e-mail today(Feb 19th 2014) regards, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Frank Simon Frank Simon from New York wrote on February 1, 2014
Looking for former shipmates. Served on ATF156 and was involved in salvage jobs for the Baldwin and Monsen. Please respond. I have pictures available.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the entry. I have sent an email to you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Hilpert Joe Hilpert from St. Paul, MN wrote on January 20, 2014
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
Admin Reply:
Please contact with a CC: to your shipmate, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jerry Lentz Jerry Lentz wrote on January 9, 2014
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?
Admin Reply:
Please e-mail your comments to We went to a new format in early 2013. if you have problems contacting the webmaster, please contact your shipmate, Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK monitor
Fred Brunk Fred Brunk from Chicago wrote on January 1, 2014
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.
Admin Reply:
Look up the ATF 84, USS CREE Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Bob Schorfheide Bob Schorfheide from Broken Arrow, OK wrote on December 8, 2013
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.
Steven C. Karoly Steven C. Karoly from Diamond Springs, California wrote on December 7, 2013
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.
Ed Mello Ed Mello from Arlington,VA wrote on November 9, 2013
I'm researching the USS Nauset (ATF-89). My dad was one of the survivors.
Admin Reply:
Can NAFTS be of any assistance? Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
RichardD. Zent RichardD. Zent from Uss Chowanoc wrote on October 17, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the note. We wish we could join you but can't do it this year. We hope to see you next reunion, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery EM3 Steve "Big Uss" Ussery EM3 from Wilmington, NC 28403 wrote on October 15, 2013
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 You'll be glad you did.
Admin Reply:
Steve, Thanks for the reminder Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
PN3 Garry Blagg PN3 Garry Blagg from Phoenix, AZ wrote on October 11, 2013
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!
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, I'm working on the list you sent. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Albert H Angus Albert H Angus from Madison, CT wrote on September 14, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for asking. NAFTS currently has one HOPI shipmate in the membership. He served 1946-47. Please try the internet search engines (ex: for ATF 71 HOPI information. Ships logs are available from the National Archives. Please search for in a search engine. Hope this helps. Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Thomas Welhouse Thomas Welhouse from Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313 wrote on August 12, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Fellow NAFTS members are always welcome to stop by our GUESTBOOK. warm regards, Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jamed D Riley Jamed D Riley from Albany NY wrote on July 29, 2013
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
Admin Reply:
James, I forwarded your questions to NAFTS Membership. Nice talking to you, Shipmate Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Patsy McGee Myers Patsy McGee Myers from Ackerman, MS wrote on June 24, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Patsy. One of James McGees shipmates, Ross Kramer (APACHE 1952-54) is a NAFTS member. I'll let him know. Thanks for your NAFTS GUESTBOOK entry. Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Nice visiting the site, it has changed since I last was on it.....need to visit more often....
Admin Reply:
Headlee, Thanks for your entry. We are doing a modernization of our old website, not completed yet..... regards, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on June 5, 2013
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
Admin Reply:
Leon, Thanks for the update. Roger was a super Shipmate. I passed the word on to the Chaplain & Membership guy, warm Regards, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Clark Silliman Clark Silliman from Seattle, WA wrote on May 27, 2013
Served in USS TILLAMOOK (ATA-192), 1963-65. Would love to hear from my shipmates. Clark.
Admin Reply:
Good to hear from you, Clark. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko BM2 Joe Wasko BM2 from Florence, KY wrote on May 20, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Sorry you can't make the reunion this year(2013)See you next year! warm regards Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Pete Westbay Pete Westbay from MO wrote on May 13, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Pete, NAFTS has quite a few Conserver shipmates as members! I'm sure they all agree with you. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jon Balson Jon Balson from Brownstown, PA wrote on April 30, 2013
Rodger, Sorry, but I have not received e-mail from you. Would you please re-send? Thanks. Jon
Admin Reply:
Sent again, with corrected address sorry, Rodger
Bruce Mazza Bruce Mazza from Barefoot Bay, Florida wrote on April 27, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for viewing our GUESTBOOK
Jon Blaons Jon Blaons from Brownstown PA wrote on April 25, 2013
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?
Admin Reply:
I sent you a hotmail e-mail. Please watch for it. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Phillip Moss, CDR USNR (Ret) Phillip Moss, CDR USNR (Ret) from Germantown, TN wrote on April 24, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your visit to the NAFTS GUESTBOOK
Jim Colon Jim Colon from Wauseon Ohio wrote on April 2, 2013
was on the Cocopa jan 56 til july 59 great times
Bob Schorfheide Bob Schorfheide from broken Arrow, OK. wrote on March 30, 2013
Great to see a note from another OLE COCOPA shipmate. I was there early 65 to late 67. Just renewed my membership.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, Thanks for visiting the NAFTS GUESTBOOK. Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Eudale Ringgaard Eudale Ringgaard from Brookings, SD wrote on March 19, 2013
Served on the ATF 101 from 1952 to 1956.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. Cocopa was a great ship! Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Steve H. "John" Johnson Steve H. "John" Johnson from Cordova, Alabama wrote on February 23, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Sounds like a very good duty station. I'll check our members list for your shipmates in case they belong to NAFTS. smooth seas, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Dan Bloom Dan Bloom from Gettysburg, Pa. wrote on January 30, 2013
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
Admin Reply:
Dan, Nice talking to you. The missing TOWLINE is on its way!! warm regards Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Don Bartlett (En2) Don Bartlett (En2) from Springfield Oregon wrote on January 15, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Don, Nice to hear from you! I sent you a Comcast message. Rodger, GUESTBOOK Monitor
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on January 14, 2013
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
leon leon from fremont,WI wrote on January 14, 2013
Was sad to read here about TT,s passing. Got to know him and Charlie at the reunions.
Gary Piatt Gary Piatt from Boyce, Va wrote on January 1, 2013
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.
Admin Reply:
Gary, Thanks for your entry. NAFTS has quite a few members who are ARIKARA shipmates. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail. sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Warren Warren from Bend, Oregon wrote on December 28, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the good words about the "Old Snipe". He was a staunch NAFTS webmaster right up to the end. sadly, Rodger Dana
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery Steve "Big Uss" Ussery from Wilmington, NC wrote on December 22, 2012
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.
Mike Mike from Iowa wrote on December 14, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Please come back in about 4 weeks when all the ship info will be transferred to this new Website. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Alex Beauchamp Alex Beauchamp from Amsterdam, New York wrote on December 12, 2012
Served aboard USS Papago (ATF-160) 72-75 and would like to hear from any of my shipmates. Remember GITMOS and transAtlantic tows
Admin Reply:
Please come back in about 4 weeks when all the ship info will be transferred to this new Website. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Stow, Ohio wrote on December 10, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Please give the webmaster a few more weeks to complete the transactions necessary to transfer material from the old website Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
reejay reejay from center valley pa wrote on December 9, 2012
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...
Admin Reply:
Please give the webmaster a few more weeks to complete the transactions necessary to transfer material from the old website Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Richard Zent Richard Zent from Chowanoc ATF 100 wrote on December 9, 2012
Norfolk was great. Looking forward to Pensacola in 2013. Wonderful to see us back on line.
Admin Reply:
Dick, Thanks. See you in Pensacola in November 2013 Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
PAT SMITH PAT SMITH from ILLINOIS wrote on December 9, 2012
Admin Reply:
Need more information, like name of ship, dates he served aboard, and his rank/rate. Is he a member of NAFTS? Please reply to RKDana (at sign) Sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Gary Wilson Gary Wilson from Emporia Kansas wrote on December 2, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Elizabeth Case Elizabeth Case from Belfair, WA wrote on December 1, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Ms Case, Thanks for your interest. I sent you an e-mail from Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ross Kramer Ross Kramer from DeLand, Florida wrote on November 27, 2012
I served on the USS Apache ATF67 from 1952 thru 1954. Am now retired and living in sunny Florida.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Kramer, Here are the NAFTS members who served with you on Apache. Please note that Bennett & Williams are deceased. Robert Bennett 1951-1954 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 29 ENC Frank Andrews USN 1951-1955 Active Apache (ATF 67) 1324 RM3 Jerry R. Williams USN 1951-1955 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 1595 SN Ross J. Kramer USN 1952-1954 Active Apache (ATF 67) 726 EN2 James McGee 1952-1954 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 1669 YN3 Ken Lacefield USN 1952-1955 Active Apache (ATF 67) 2025 ME1 Robert M. Moody USN 1952-1955 Active 544 Apache (ATF 67) 2137 LT. Leon (Ken) Clarke USN 1953-1954 XO/ Navigator Active 544 Apache (ATF 67. Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership
I need your 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.
Admin Reply:
This is all I can find on the ATR 26 without going to the US National Archives in Maryland: US Navy Tug ATR 26 850ton built 9-Jun-44. Sold to China in 1946 ,named Pu To, later to Taiwan. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Margie Margie from Hawaii wrote on November 26, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Margie, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail about this subject, please reply to it. sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on November 22, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Leon, It was great seeing you at the 2012 NAFTS reunion! Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on November 21, 2012
Yesterday 11-20-12 I lost my wife Carol she always looked forward to all the reunions.
Admin Reply:
Dennis, The entire NAFTS membership is saddened by Carols passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this sad time. sadly, Your NAFTS and USS Molala ATF 106 shipmates.
Tom Benedetti Tom Benedetti from Wrentham,Mass. wrote on November 17, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Tom, Thanks for the offer of ATF 109 photos. You will receive an e-mail from me at COMCAST. Please reply . warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
A. Peter Fiori ex -CMM, USN WW2 ATR-2 A. Peter Fiori ex -CMM, USN WW2 ATR-2 from Temecula, CA wrote on November 16, 2012
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, ""
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Fiori, Thanks for your input. We greatly appreciate hearing from our senior tuggers. We have two members who possibly served with you on ATR 2. Contact me if you have any questions Jim Maguire RM1 Peter P. Orlando Contact me if you have any questions Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook Monitor
William Carman William Carman from Richmond, VA wrote on November 11, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
William Carman, Thanks for the good words. I have passed your comments along to the 2012 reunion hosts, Shirley & Harry Jaeger. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Leon Maierhafer Leon Maierhafer from Fremont, WI wrote on November 1, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Leon, It was great seeing you again at the 2012 NAFTS reunion in Norfolk October 16-22. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Keith Crout Keith Crout from Montour Falls New York wrote on October 31, 2012
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
Floyd Morehouse Floyd Morehouse from North Dakota wrote on October 19, 2012
This is my second attempt to join. Both times as I try to pay I get a message page error. Thanks Floyd
Admin Reply:
Floyd, I sent you a NAFTS Membership E-mail, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Frank Casano Frank Casano from New York wrote on October 1, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Mr Casano, NAFTS doesn't have any members who served on ATA 193. For a history, go to: n_(ATA-193). For personnel records and deck logs,the National Archives are your best bet. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Bruce Bowler Bruce Bowler from Boothbay, ME wrote on September 25, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has no ATR 32 members. Sorry, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ronald A. Derr Ronald A. Derr from Seekonk, Ma. wrote on September 24, 2012
Served as a LTJG aboard the USS NIPMUC FROM 1964 THROUGH 1966 BASED IN NEWPORT, R. I.
Admin Reply:
We hope you will join NAFTS Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jim Barrere Jim Barrere from Nevada wrote on September 23, 2012
Served ab oard the USS Mataco ATF-86 1963-1966
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has 4 members who served on MATACO 1963-66. If you wish to make contact, call our toll-free number and leave a message. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Terry Reed Terry Reed from Franklin N.C. wrote on September 14, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. I am a Chowanoc sailor!(56-58). I have sent you a NAFTS membership e-mail. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Bob Raeseman Bob Raeseman from Jacksonville, Fl. wrote on September 2, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the information. NAFTS has members from Preserver & Ortolan. Would you like more information on NAFTS membership? If so, please ask Membership@NAFTS(dot)com . your shipmate, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Donald W Brooks Donald W Brooks from Edinburgh, Indiana wrote on August 29, 2012
I served on the USS COATOPA, YTM 382 Newport, RI from 1969-1971. Any others out there.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has many YTB members, but none from Coatopa. Rodger Guestbook Monitor
bob cuthbert bob cuthbert from philadelphia, pa wrote on August 27, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Mr. Cuthbert, Thank you for the very interesting information concerning you grandfather and father and their Navy tug background. I will pass this information to the editor of our NAFTS quarterly, TOWLINE. sincerely, Rodger Guestbook Monitor
Michael Keen Michael Keen from southern New Jersey wrote on August 25, 2012
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!!!
Nick Baldwin Nick Baldwin from Tallahassee wrote on August 18, 2012
I need to contact your membership chairman about the passing of one of your members.
Admin Reply:
Nick, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail reply, Rodger Guestbook Monitor
Lesley Starr LeBlanc Lesley Starr LeBlanc from Baton Rouge, Louisiana wrote on August 11, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
You have taken on a rather large project. For starts, there are no WW2 Takelma shipmates in NAFTS membership. However,quite a few NAFTS members served on other ATFs in the Pacific in WW2. There is quite a bit of internet information about ATFs and ATF service in WW2. Also try the larger internet book sellers. The National Archives have ATF personnel rosters, but the home of record is not normally preserved. The NAFTS annual reunions usually have WW2 ATF crew attendees. This year is 17-20 October(2012) in Norfolk,VA. The 2013 reunion is possibly New Orleans. Thanks for asking. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Orbin Banks Orbin Banks from Freeland,Mi wrote on August 8, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Orbin, I have replied to your entry via NAFTS e-mail. Rodger, GUESTBOOK Monitor
Sam Armstrong Sam Armstrong from Texas wrote on August 1, 2012
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
Bill Riley Bill Riley from New York wrote on July 29, 2012
In your hats for sale dept Luiseno ATF 156 is misspelled!
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail using NAFTS e-mail. Hope it works out for you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Patricia Ramsey Wisneski Patricia Ramsey Wisneski from New Jersey wrote on July 28, 2012
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 I would appreciate any information anyone can give me. Thanks for your service. Patricia Ramsey Wisneski
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail using NAFTS e-mail. Hope it works out for you.
James Case James Case from Carson City, NV wrote on July 16, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
James, I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS e-mail, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Steve Buscher Steve Buscher from Kansas wrote on July 6, 2012
Would like to hear from any shipmates 77-79
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry in the NAFTS GUESTBOOK Please furnish a ship name and hull number sincerely, Rodger NAFTS Guestbook Monitor
Rickey Giles Rickey Giles from Millry Al wrote on June 30, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the info on Jack Giles and the USS Anchor,ARS-13. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joseph Brogan Joseph Brogan from Goshen. N Y wrote on June 8, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Welcome aboard. Your NAFTS member number is 2633 and will resolve on the NAFTS website members list soon. Rodger NAFTS Membership
Tom Welhouse Rm2 Tom Welhouse Rm2 from Green Bay, Wisconsin wrote on June 4, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Tom, nice to hear from you. Regards to Carol. Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
John Chaffey John Chaffey from Wyoming wrote on June 1, 2012
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.
* * * Keyes * * * Keyes from colorao wrote on June 1, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
I'm just referring to NAFTS members. Why don't you join NAFTS? You would enjoy our quarterly, TOWLINE. Its full of members war stories, rd Rodger Dana Membership Secretary
* * * Keyes * * * Keyes from Colorado wrote on May 27, 2012
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?
Admin Reply:
John Ward Sr is not a member of NAFTS. BM2 James C. Zahourek USN, is a member of NAFTS. He is the only WW2 MUNSEE member surviving. Hope this helps. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Robert Amess Robert Amess from Gr Britian North East of England wrote on May 24, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Mr Amess, Thanks for your interest. All I can find is this: ATR-17 (HMRT DIRECTOR) Completed 20 Dec 43 and trf. to UK under Lend Lease as His Majesty's Rescue Tug (HMRT) DIRECTOR. Returned to U.S. custody 23 Apr 46. Sold (awarded) by MC to Francisco Reich, New York, delivered 28 Jun 48. Good luck in your search. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
John Marhevko John Marhevko from Fla wrote on May 9, 2012
Served on board USS Escape ARS-6 in 1962 SN San Juan PR was our home port.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has Escape members, but none served in 1962. Thanks for your entry, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Gary W Boyle Gary W Boyle from St pete, Fl wrote on May 6, 2012
served aboard the uss escape ars-6 1969-1970.It was better than the rice pattys !!!!would like to hear from my fellow inmates.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, NAFTS has 5 Escape ARS6 members, all served before 1966. Sorry, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Robert Wiech Robert Wiech from Lagrange Ohio wrote on May 6, 2012
would like to see your web site
Admin Reply:
Our website is
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell,La wrote on May 4, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Membership list takes several weeks(or more) to resolve on NAFTS website. I have processed both of you officially. Website update is handled by another volunteer, regards, Rodger NAFTS Membership
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery Steve "Big Uss" Ussery from Wilmington, NC wrote on April 28, 2012
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. Sail on...
Walter Kzinowek (Zip) Walter Kzinowek (Zip) from Port Huron, MI wrote on April 24, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one remaining enlisted member from the 1950s. His name is Jack D. Marcum, 1951-53 Hope this helps, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell,La. wrote on March 26, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Allen, Will send a TOWLINE to Robert, thanks for asking, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
jennifer giles jennifer giles from arkansas wrote on March 21, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Jennifer, NAFTS had one member who served on the ARS 13, USS Anchor. He passed away in 2005. Sorry we can't help you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Webmaster Webmaster from Bend, Oregon wrote on March 20, 2012
Testing Guestbook after server Migration.
Admin Reply:
Checks OK here on 20 March 2012, rd
Robert Wood Robert Wood from Missouri wrote on March 6, 2012
RM3 and RM2. Aboard Tillmook ATA-192 part of 54 and 55.
Admin Reply:
Robert, I sent you a reply via NAFTS e-mail. Thanks for your entry, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jim Hatcher Jim Hatcher from Charleston SC wrote on March 3, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Jim, Thanks for your input, we appreciate it. We have 2 members who served aboard Arapaho in WW2. If your family ever wants to donate Arapaho items, like an invitation to the ship's launching/commissioning, please think of us. We have quite a few items in our keepsake collection. sincerely, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
herbert moody herbert moody from va wrote on February 18, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Herbert, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about Mr Wells request. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Sam Morton Prowting Sam Morton Prowting from Liverpool UK wrote on February 13, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Sam, Thank you for your kind words. I have forwarded your comments to the British Deep Sea Rescue Tugs Association, DSRTA (Don Graham in Cornwall). sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
thomas carter thomas carter from hayden,al wrote on February 8, 2012
I stumbled across your site and glad Idid.Iserved on USS PAIUTE ATF-159 from 68 to 69 as an EM/3
Admin Reply:
We are pleased that you like what you see at Members can search ships personnel lists and enjoy the quarterly TOWLINE magazine with its member-contributed stories. We charge $25/yr for membership. If you would like to see a sample, call-in your snail address and I'll mail some TOWLINE issues to you. sincerely, Rodger GUESTBOOK monitor 1-800-293-3687, option 73.
Albert Martinez Albert Martinez from San Antonio, Texas wrote on February 1, 2012
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Martinez, Both shipmates are listed in the NAFTS members database. You can use it to search for them on the GRASP page using your logon & password feature at By the way the skippers name is spelled Nicholson. warm regards, Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Michael Steele Michael Steele from Williamstown Ma wrote on January 28, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
US Navy Tug ATR 8 850ton 1944commissioned Disposed of 1946. You can try searching Colton website to see if you can track down the ATR 8 history after Navy disposed of her. regards, Rodger,GUESTBOOK monitor
dave nuttall dave nuttall from lehi utah wrote on January 13, 2012
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
Admin Reply:
Dave, Thanks for your input. We took great pleasure serving with shipmates such as your father. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS Secretary
Robert Gilliam Robert Gilliam from USS allegheny ATA-179 1965-1967 wrote on January 8, 2012
Anybody out there from Allegheny 1965-1967 I still live in Brooklyn? GILLIAM
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the input. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail with some Allegeny shipmate info. sincerely, Rodger GUESTBOOK MONITOR
Michael T. Denman Michael T. Denman from Mesa, Arizona wrote on December 14, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Michael, I sent you a reply from Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Dennis Pangburn #2353 Dennis Pangburn #2353 from Napa, CA wrote on December 12, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, Thanks for the input. According to the Contra Costa Times, ex-QUAPAW ATF 110 has gone down over the weekend. We will attempt to get details to publish in the next issue of TOWLINE. sadly, Rodger Dana Guestbook Monitor
Paul Coverdale Paul Coverdale from Danville, IN wrote on November 30, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Paul, It was great to see you in Hawaii. We hope to see you next October in Norfolk at the NAFTS 2012 reunion. warm regards, Rodger
Bill Trail Bill Trail from Macon, GA wrote on November 14, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger Guestbook Monitor
Ed McFadden Ed McFadden from Warrenton, Or wrote on November 12, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Ed, Thanks for your prompt reply and the old photos, Rodger NAFTS Secretary
Robert van Vugt Robert van Vugt from Roswell, GA wrote on November 10, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your prompt reply. Your Complimentary TOWLINE magazine is on its way to you. Rodger NAFTS Membership
Don Edwards Don Edwards from NJ wrote on November 4, 2011
I run a web site, 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
Admin Reply:
Sorry, All of our ATO 131 Bobolink shipmates are deceased. Rodger NAFTS Membership
Charlie Moser Charlie Moser from Mo./ Aiea, Hawaii wrote on October 24, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the good wishes. We had a great time. The local Diver Unit came to our reunion and showed us their equipment. I sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger Dana GUEST BOOK Monitor
John Imparato John Imparato from Arlington VA wrote on October 24, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the entry. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
David K. Bradrick David K. Bradrick from Trotwood, Ohio wrote on October 24, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail. Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,WI wrote on October 18, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Leon, Thanks for the good wishes; we wish you could join us at NAFTS reunion 2011 in Hawaii. See you at Norfolk next October, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor ______________________________
JEFF DARLING JEFF DARLING from LYNN,MA wrote on October 15, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Jeff, Sorry you can't make it to Hawaii. We will look for you at Norfolk next October. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
RM1 John Stafford RM1 John Stafford from Marietta, Ga. wrote on September 30, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail RKDana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
harbin richard (* * *) mosier harbin richard (* * *) mosier from lachine mi wrote on September 14, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Hey, shipmate! We miss you at NAFTS. Rodger, Membership Chairman
Mike Edwards Mike Edwards from Wooster, Ohio wrote on September 5, 2011
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!!!!
Admin Reply:
Mike, Your application for NAFTS membership has been received. The latest issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine has been mailed to you. Welcome Aboard! Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary & Membership Chairman
David Beckman David Beckman from Council Bluffs,IA wrote on September 1, 2011
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.
David Beckman David Beckman from Council Bluffs,IA wrote on August 31, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
David, One of our members who is familiar with Archives is looking for an answer. His name is Bob Campbell and may contact you. sincerely, Rodger , GUESTBOOK Monitor
Marcey Hunter Marcey Hunter from Norfolk, VA wrote on August 30, 2011
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!
Admin Reply:
Marcey, Thanks for the kind words. We try very hard to preserve the memory of shipmates like your father. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Daniel Dube Daniel Dube from Sandown, New Hampshire wrote on August 24, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Daniel, Thanks for your entry in our NAFTS GUESTBOOK. Please send your mailing address to me so I can send you a complimentary members-only issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine. Please substitute @ for 'at' in my e-address. sincerely, Rodger Dana, GUESTBOOK monitor
John Inman John Inman from Huntsville, AL wrote on August 20, 2011
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?
Admin Reply:
John, Please go to: ore/stores.htm for our NAFTS ships store items. Thanks for asking, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown from Diamond, IL wrote on August 10, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Charlie, Thanks for your entry in our guestbook. I have forwarded your USS Escape photo to our TOWLINE magazine publisher Rich Tetrault. warm regards, Rodger, Guestbook monitor.
bill oser bill oser from akron ohio wrote on August 3, 2011
served on yard tug ytb753 in gitmo 1964-1965
Admin Reply:
Bill, Thanks for the input. Would you like to read an issues of our members-only TOWLINE magazine? If so, send your mailing address to me at Membership at . sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership
Leland (Skipper) Lash, BMCS(DV) Ret Leland (Skipper) Lash, BMCS(DV) Ret from East Tawakoni, Texas wrote on July 22, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one Chanticleer shipmate who served aboard 1970-73, LCDR John W. Ackerman USN. You can obtain the Chanticleer log books from the National Archives in Maryland. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESBOOK Monitor
James Bowell James Bowell wrote on July 19, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Jim, I sent you an E-mail about ATR 81 and a NAFTS member who served aboard ATR 81 in WW2. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
John S. Haro John S. Haro from Seattle wrote on July 18, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
The ex-ATF 95 is in private hands. Search for it as ZUNI/Tamaroa.
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery Steve "Big Uss" Ussery from White Lake, NC wrote on July 8, 2011
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?
Admin Reply:
Steve, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about this. Please reply. Rodger, NAFTS Secretary
Lynn R. Miller Lynn R. Miller from Kentucky wrote on July 3, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the update on Bolster & Clamp Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
jim packer jim packer from san diego wrote on June 24, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
That would be very helpful. We have a great number of Chickasaw shipmates as members and they would surely enjoy the photos! sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Robert Englund Robert Englund from Roanoke VA wrote on June 23, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Wow! Do you have any photos or other items concerning this event? The ex-ZUNI (Cutter Tamaroa)is tied up in the Portsmouth/Norfolk area. It belongs to a Vets Non-Profit. Look for it using a web search engine. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
frank frank from forson wrote on June 15, 2011
Very honest,kind and interesting.
Admin Reply:
Frank, Thanks for visiting our NAFTS Guestbook. We appreciate your comments. NAFTS is now 21 years old,and has 1400 members, with annual reunions and TOWLINE magazine. sincerely, Rodger Dana, Guestbook monitor
CDR Gary J. Patenaude CDR Gary J. Patenaude from Maryland wrote on June 7, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one member remaining who served on Narragansett 1943-45. NAFTS privacy policy prohibits disclosing members personal data to non-members. Please contact Rodger at RDana at sincerely, Rodger, GUEST BOOK Monitor _______________________________ ______________________
bill sexton bill sexton from aquilla texas wrote on June 6, 2011
was stationed onboard cgc chilula watf 153 1962-1964. please email any info you mite have. bill sexton thanks very much.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you a e-mail sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
William Sweeney William Sweeney from Philadelphia PA. wrote on June 5, 2011
I served on YTB 760 in 1987 / It was a wonderful expierence. i wish i could do it again.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail from RKDana Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Phil Hollis Phil Hollis from Tulsa, OK. Now in Idaho wrote on June 3, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Phil, I sent you a e-mail sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
Bill Pitcher Bill Pitcher from Pine, Colorado wrote on May 10, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Bill, Nice talking to you today. Illl send you a complimentary issue of the NAFTS TOWLINE magazine. your shipmate, Rodger Guest Book Monitor
Jerry M Brittsan Jerry M Brittsan from Holtville CA wrote on May 5, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for checking in, Jerry. I sent you an e-mail from Membership at, Rodger Dana, Guestbook monitor
Joe Nichols Joe Nichols from San Diego, CA wrote on May 1, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Thanks for your entry. Rodger Guest Book Monitor
John Hunt John Hunt from Enumclaw, Washington wrote on April 11, 2011
Thanks for NAFTS and its members.
Admin Reply:
John, Thank you for the praise. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
charles clark charles clark from south fulton tenn wrote on March 24, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Charles, I have updated the record. Thanks for your input, Rodger NAFTS Membership
marvin * * * marvin * * * from quincy washington wrote on March 20, 2011
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 * * *
Admin Reply:
Marvin, Thanks for the phone number, Rodger, Guest Book monitor
Clinton Johnson Clinton Johnson from Englewood Florida wrote on March 17, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Sorry, we have no members associated with YT-160. Rodger, Guest Book Monitor
William Yaconiello William Yaconiello from East Hartford, CT wrote on February 27, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about your problem Rodger NAFTS Guest Book Monitor
Cliff Selby Cliff Selby from Denver Co wrote on February 17, 2011
I served aboard the YTB 406 in sasebo Japan under Tierney Bos'n Mate 1 st class from 1960 . Sasebo Japan through 1961
Admin Reply:
Thanks for visiting our NAFTS Guestbook. NAFTS has hundreds of YTB shipmates. A YTB graced the cover of a recent issue of the NAFTS members-only TOWLINE magazine. Rodger Guestbook Monitor visit
charles e clark charles e clark from south fulton tenn wrote on February 4, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the kind words. I have forwarded your comments to Mr Harry Jaeger. Rodger, GUEST BOOK Monitor
george g patrick george g patrick from hubert , north carolina wrote on January 18, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
George, Thanks for joining NAFTS. I have received the complimentary copy of your book and will read it soon. We have a few Tawakoni shipmate members that served aboard ATF 114 during the Korean War time-frame, SK2 Billy 'Jack' McCoy USN 1949-1951 Tawakoni (ATF 114) Capt. Stewart Tinsman USN(ret) 1951-1953 Tawakoni (ATF 114) EN3 Don Gray USN 1952-1954 Tawakoni (ATF 114) sincerely, your shipmate' Rodger Dana Guest Book Monitor
Jim Graver Jim Graver from Golden, Colorado wrote on January 7, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger GUEST BOOK Monitor
Michael Steele Michael Steele from Williamstown Ma. wrote on January 5, 2011
Father was on ATR 8 WW11 Thanks!
Admin Reply:
Although NAFTS has many members who served on ATR vessels, no NAFTS members served on ATR 8 sorry, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK monitor
Chris Howlett Chris Howlett from England wrote on January 4, 2011
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
Admin Reply:
I sent you a e-mail. Rodger, NAFTS GUEST BOOK Monitor
Joan Gallucci Joan Gallucci from Pearl River, NY wrote on January 2, 2011
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.
Admin Reply:
Try a web search for USS Osceola. sincerely, Rodger, NAFTS Guest Book Monitor
michael melone michael melone from kentucky wrote on December 31, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Michael,I can't find any reference info on type YP. You might find the vessels wartime logs at the National Archives. For more info on the National Archives, do a web search for it. sorry, Rodger Guest Book Monitor
robert rosenheim,jr robert rosenheim,jr from elizabeth city,nc wrote on December 19, 2010
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!
Admin Reply:
Robert, We currently have no ATA 182 members.Copies of the ships logs can be obtained from the National Archives for a fee. Sorry we can't help you, your shipmate, Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary
Bill Edes Bill Edes from Michigan wrote on December 18, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Bill, NAFTS no COCOPA members who served after 1970. If you will send your snail-mail address to me at, I'll send you a copy of our NAFTS quarterly, TOWLINE. NAFTS has been a Veterans non-profit since 1989, with 1500 members nation-wide. Your shipmate, Rodger, NAFTS Secretary
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell,La wrote on December 10, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your reply to my NAFTS e-mail. Rodger NAFTS Secretary
Bengt Vilhelm Fredriksson Bengt Vilhelm Fredriksson from Finland wrote on December 9, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Bengt, Thanks for your NAFTS GUESTBOOK entry about the former U S Army small tug(ST). Rodger, GUESTBOOK Maintainer.
boyd j newton boyd j newton from gilmanton ironworks nh 03837 wrote on December 8, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Newton, NAFTS has one Kiowa shipmate from your time on board EN2 Herbert Weiskopf USN 1962 Active Kiowa (ATF 72) If you wish to contact him,please send an e-mail to I will help you get through our NAFTS members privacy firewall, sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary
John Yates John Yates from Olney, Illinois wrote on December 7, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Frank, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about your father, a NAFTS member. Rodger, NAFTS Membership
frank newton frank newton from wheatfield Ind. wrote on December 7, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Frank, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about your father, a NAFTS member. Rodger, NAFTS Membership
Tony henderson Tony henderson from Brigham city Utah wrote on November 27, 2010
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..
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has several members who served with you, including skipper Owens. RD2/DV James L. Richardson USN 1966-1968 Active 544 Cree (ATF 84) 1516 RMCS Dave Lutz USN 1968-1969 Active 544 Cree (ATF 84) 2175 E-3 Scott Leslie USN 1968-1970 Active 544 Cree (ATF 84) 863 LCDR Robert Owens USN 1968-1970 CO Active 544 Cree (ATF 84) 748 LTJG Robert G. Meckley USN 1969-1971 Active 544 Cree (ATF 84) If you desire contact, e-mail me at, Rodger NAFTS Secretary
judy skidmore-clouse judy skidmore-clouse from pittsburgh, pa. wrote on November 27, 2010
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!
Admin Reply:
Judy, Thanks for visiting the NAFTS GUESTBOOK. NAFTS has no NAUSET members. The only reference I can find is on the internet at SS-Nauset-AT-89. You might find some Nauset personnel listed in the National Archives from the logs of the USS Narragansett, AT-88, which was present when NAUSET sank. Sorry we can't help more, Rodger Dana NAFTS Secretary
Robert Gordon BM2 Robert Gordon BM2 from Madison Indiana wrote on November 26, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
I have notified a NAFTS member who served with you on Moctobi. He may contact you. Please consider NAFTS membership. We have been around since 1989, hold annual reunions and publish TOWLINE. There are 1450 NAFTS members nation-wide. For a complimentary issue of TOWLINE, send request to (replace at with @) Did you know ex-Moctobi is moored at Richmond, CA ? Rodger
Steve Myers Steve Myers from Boise Idaho wrote on November 25, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
I passed this on to RD3 Vern Irwin, Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership
Mike Walsh Mike Walsh from Haworth, NJ wrote on November 23, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Try the one you registered today, munseemike1 145valley Rodger, Membership Man
Gary Mailander Gary Mailander from Reno, NV wrote on November 21, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
There were quite a few ATFs and ATAs and ATRs and ATOs in that part of the world when Reno needed a tow to Manus. You might do an internet search using the word MANUS,and/or ULITHI Rodger(RKDana "at" @ in place of "at", defeats spammers.
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on November 19, 2010
Just saw Clark on the Oprah show. I'm gonna get me a kilt.
Admin Reply:
We did too, Rodger
Mike Baker Mike Baker from Gardiner, Maine wrote on November 11, 2010
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?
Admin Reply:
NAFTS has one member who served with you on SALINAN, EMC Walter Ogletree USN. If you wish to contact him, please send an e-mail to your shipmate, Rodger, NAFTS Secretary/Membership
Tom Welhouse Tom Welhouse from Green Bay, Wisconsin wrote on November 1, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry, shipmate Rodger, NAFTS Membership Guy
FRANK J KELLY FRANK J KELLY from Ridge , New York wrote on October 24, 2010
Served on USS Escape Oct 57 to Aug 59.
Admin Reply:
Do you remember LTjg James C. Gherardi USN 1956-1959 Escape (ARS 6) ?
Larry Raynor Larry Raynor from Queens, New York wrote on August 23, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
USS Serrano, ATF 112, has the same exterior features as ATF 96 thru ATF 118. All ATFs hull number 66 thru 118 and 148 thru 165 have same hull dimensions. You should be able to find what you need on the internet as blueprints are usually for sale for the Serrano type. sincerely, R Dana NAFTS Secretary RKDana(at)
Joe Day Joe Day wrote on August 16, 2010
My user name and password will not work. I am using the right ones but can not get in!
Admin Reply:
Joe Day, If you are NAFTS member 2257, please send an e-mail to me at Membership(at) @ symbol instead of (at). The e-mail address you used to make this GUEST BOOK entry is not the same as listed in the NAFTS members database. Soon as I identify you, I can send your log-on & password to you via e-mail. your shipmate, Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership Secretary _____________________________ ____
Richard Fine Richard Fine from Blue Springs MO wrote on August 6, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Richard, Nice to hear from you. Hope you get some response. Rodger Dana _____________
Kwanghoon Seok Kwanghoon Seok from South Korea wrote on August 2, 2010
I'd like learn about naval accidents.
Admin Reply:
Kwanghoon Seok, Dear Mr Kwanghoon Seok, This is not a good place to learn about naval accidents.If you have a specific accident, we might be able to help you. Your interest is appreciated. sincerely, Rodger ________________________________ _______________________
Walter Stillwaggon Walter Stillwaggon from Long Island New York wrote on August 2, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Walter Stillwaggon, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail with questions, RK Dana
Morris G. Underwood Morris G. Underwood from Topeka, KS wrote on July 13, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Morris, Your courtesy issue of NAFTS TOWLINE is on the way to you, Rodger
Joe Shook Joe Shook from Myrtle Beach S.C. wrote on July 11, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, I passed your request on to SK2 Stephen P. Armitstead, Kiowa 1968-71 to see if he wanted to answer you, Rodger
Barbara Bonar-Goins Barbara Bonar-Goins from Buffalo, NY wrote on July 8, 2010
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 !
Admin Reply:
Many thanks for your entry in our NAFTS GUEST Book. We had a Sonoma member until November 2002 He is now deceased. His name is MMCM William Reed USN. William served on SONOMA from 1941-44.
Admin Reply:
Richard, Thanks for the additional information on YTB 410, Rodger
jeff darling jeff darling from lynn,ma wrote on June 13, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Richard, Can you furnish more details? When & where did this happen? Rodger RKDana at replace at with @ sign)
John Ward, Jr. John Ward, Jr. from Cookeville, TN wrote on May 29, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you an answer from NAFTS Membership e-mail, Rodger
L. Killen L. Killen from Columbia, MD (USS Jamestown AGTR-3) wrote on May 25, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Look on the internet for YTB 543, Rodger
Dudley Thomas Dudley Thomas wrote on May 23, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Dudley, Thanks for your entry in our NAFTS GUESTBOOK. NAFTS has quite a few Hitchiti shipmate members,including HM1 Joseph Boczek USN 1957-1960 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2091 PN2 George H. Duckwall USN 1957-1960 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2258 ENC Fred M. Miller USN 1957-1960 ENFA-EN2 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2497 LT Richard J. Simonds USN 1957-1960 XO Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 312 CDR George W. DuCharme USN(ret) 1958-1960 CO Deceased Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2374 RM3 William Eagleton USN 1958-1960 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 1930 Donald Wilfred Derise USN 1958-1961 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2055 EN3 Gerald (Jerry) W. Ring USN 1958-1961 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2209 ENCS Clarence D. (Dave) Galik USN 1958-1965 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2171 EN3 William Moring USN 1960-1964 Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) 1812 QM2 Thomas D.(Buddy) Bolton USN 1961-1964 Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) 1918 SN Pedro Cardoza USN 1961-1964 Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2069 EN2 Alvin Johnson USN 1961-1964 Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2520 CS3 Richard Amundson USN 1962-1965 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 2095 RM2 Victor J. Krause USN 1962-1965 Active Hitchiti (ATF 103) 1864 LCDR Raymond J. Zogg USN 1962-1965 1st Lt/ XO Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) 1969 SK2 James (Jim) Burton USN 1962-1966 Active 544 Hitchiti (ATF 103) If you have any interest in contacting any of these shipmates, please contact me at at with @)your shipmate Rodger.
Richard Zent Richard Zent from Chowanoc wrote on May 4, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Richard, Good to see my Chowanoc plank owner friend is monitoring the GUESTBOOK. I now have the Officers & enlisted roster for USS Chowanoc when she was commissioned. Are you interested in a copy? Rodger Dana
Webmaster Webmaster from Bend, Oregon wrote on May 3, 2010
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
CHUCK MYERS CHUCK MYERS from CALIFORNIA wrote on March 7, 2010
Admin Reply:
Chuck, I sent you a e-mail, your shipmate, Rodger
CLYDE WILCOX CLYDE WILCOX from EAGAN MN wrote on March 6, 2010
Admin Reply:
Hey, Clyde Thanks for the visit to the NAFTS Guest Book, your shipmate, Rodger Dana
Jill Jill from Michigan wrote on February 28, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Jill, NAFTS has quite a few ATR shipmate members, but none from ATR 77. We do have some ATR photos on our website, and would gladly post your photos in our ATR photos section. We will scan & return your photos if you wish. Please contact me at sincerely, Rodger
Dean Gould Dean Gould wrote on February 24, 2010
.ROGER,I recieved your MAIL.My address is 2938 center pt. rd.N.E. cedar rapids IA. 52402
Admin Reply:
OK, Rodger
Dean Gould Dean Gould from Cedar Rapids IA wrote on February 23, 2010
roger do you have a mr. pete listed on the molala atf 106 in 1964?
Admin Reply:
Dean, I sent you reply via NAFTS mail, Rodger
Larry Schaufert Larry Schaufert from Cincinnati OH wrote on February 20, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Larry, I sent you an e-mail from mail, Rodger
john quigley john quigley from Australia wrote on February 18, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
JQ, My e-mail to you is rejected by your server. Pls send a message to RKDana at, Rodger ___________________________________________________
Bill Evans Bill Evans from Fort Wayne wrote on February 16, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS mail, Rodger
James Adkins James Adkins from Melbourne Fl wrote on February 11, 2010
Served on U.S.S.Tawakoni ATF-114 1972 to 1975
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from me at, Rodger
charlie pendleton charlie pendleton from tega cay south carolina wrote on February 11, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Charlie, That's great! Let me know if you need anything, Rodger
Joe Spataro Joe Spataro from Las Vegas, Nevada wrote on February 3, 2010
Served on board YTM-370 Subic Bay, PI in 1968.
Admin Reply:
Sorry, NAFTS has no YTM 370 members,thanks for your entry. Rodger (RKDana at
john quigley john quigley from australia wrote on February 2, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail,offering to help. Rodger __________________
Dean Gould Dean Gould wrote on February 1, 2010
Looking for Hap Haris .Served on Moloala 1963.Iwas a enginman 3rd at the time She was a good ship and crew
Admin Reply:
Dean, NAFTS doesn't have a Haris(or Harriss) listed for Molala. We don't have any Molala members listed for 1963. If you know the exact spelling of his name, try looking for him at , Rodger, NAFTS Membership ________________________________________________
Albert Martinez Albert Martinez from San Antonio, Texas wrote on January 30, 2010
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 ?
Admin Reply:
Here are your shipmates who belong to NAFTS LTJG Greg Thompson USN 1966-1969 Supply,Comm,Ops DV Active Grasp (ARS 24) SN Albert Martinez USN 1967-1969 Active Grasp (ARS 24) LCDR Walker (Nick) Nicholson USN 1967-1969 CO Active 544 Grasp (ARS 24) LT(LDO) Duane Tucker USN 1967-1969 XO Active Grasp (ARS 24) Let me know if I can help more, Rodger RKDana(at)
cw2 retired. james t dobbins cw2 retired. james t dobbins from palatka fl formal capt. st2130 wrote on January 30, 2010
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. NAFTS records show no members from ST-2130 Rodger (RKDana (at)
Kathy Kindle Kathy Kindle from Middleport, NY wrote on January 29, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Kathy, I sent you an answer via NAFTS e-mail, Rodger
Peter Rebmann Peter Rebmann from Originally Conn. Now Florida wrote on January 25, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Peter, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail about Fred Reep, Rodger ______________________________________________
JEFF BARRETT JEFF BARRETT from AZ wrote on January 23, 2010
ARMY'S LT454 68/69 CREW.
Admin Reply:
Jeff, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger
Dean Gould Dean Gould from Cedar Rapids Ia wrote on January 21, 2010
Served 1963 t1965 Great Ship and Crew of the Molola Atf 106 cg
Admin Reply:
Dean, I have some answers for you, but your E-address bounces.Please make a new entry in this GUEST BOOK, Rodger, NAFTS Secretary
James (Jim) Covey James (Jim) Covey from Fort Scott, Kansas wrote on January 20, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
James, I sent you an e-mail message from Rodger
Randy Jones Randy Jones from Chesapeake, AV wrote on January 19, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
I sent you the info using e-mail, Rodger ____
Michael A. Iwick Michael A. Iwick from West Dundee, Il. wrote on January 17, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Mike, Thanks for the Molala Patch photo, Rodger
Rick Delmonico Rick Delmonico from Minnesota wrote on January 15, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Rick, I forwarded your message to Joe Wasco, Rodger
Jerry St.Hilaire Jerry St.Hilaire from Phoenix, AZ wrote on January 12, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
Chief, I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS, Rodger
Jim Robison Jim Robison from Newnan, GA wrote on January 11, 2010
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.
Korrie Everett Korrie Everett from Texas wrote on January 8, 2010
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.
Admin Reply:
Korrie, I sent you a reply from, Rodger ______________________
Benjamin Keen Benjamin Keen from Grand Rapids,Minnesota wrote on January 4, 2010
USS Chowanoc "71 to 74"
Admin Reply:
Ben, Thanks for checking in to our site, Rodger
RICHARD FINE EN2 RICHARD FINE EN2 from BLUE SPRINGS MO. wrote on January 3, 2010
Served aboard , ABNAKI(ATF-96) 1967-1970,GRASP(ARS-24) 1972-1974.Both great duty.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your prompt reply. Your sample TOWLINE issue will be sent to you in a few weeks, Rodger ________________
Larry Bennett Larry Bennett from San Antonio, TX wrote on January 2, 2010
I served on USS PRESEVER ARS 8 1966 till 1968. Are there ever any reunions for PRESEVER.
Admin Reply:
Larry, I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS, Rodger ___________________________________________
Jim McDougal Jim McDougal from California wrote on January 1, 2010
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
Admin Reply:
I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS, RKDana
Richard Ingraham BM3 Richard Ingraham BM3 from W.Va. wrote on December 31, 2009
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!!!!
Admin Reply:
Richard, Nice to hear from you. I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger
timothy sutton timothy sutton from flint, MI wrote on December 29, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Tim, I sent you an e-mail message from me at NAFTS, Rodger ________________________________________________
CWO3 Bill Hodges CWO3 Bill Hodges from Norristown, PA wrote on December 26, 2009
I am looking for any USS TAMAQUA (YTB 797) Sailors from 1983 to 1984. At the time I was an EMFA.
Admin Reply:
Bill, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger ____________________________
Skip Hawkins Skip Hawkins from Atlanta, GA wrote on December 25, 2009
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!
Admin Reply:
Skip, I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger
John Watkins John Watkins from Asheville, N.C. wrote on December 17, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
John, Thanks. I sent you an E-mail, Rodger _____________________________________
Robert Englund Robert Englund from Roanoke Va wrote on December 12, 2009
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
Admin Reply:
Robert, I sent you an e-mail from RDana@NAFTScom, Rodger
Richard D Zent Richard D Zent from USS CHOWANOC ATF 100 wrote on November 22, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Richard, Thanks for the note. It was great to see you again, we hope Edna will be able to travel with you to the next reunion, Rodger
David Herndon David Herndon from Vista, CA wrote on November 21, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Dave, I have sent you a new e-mail from giving you a shipmate contact. regards, Rodger
Kathryn Midkiff Kathryn Midkiff from Midland, Texas wrote on November 21, 2009
Las Vegas reunion was very good. This was my first reunion. Attended with my dad, Don Morris/Zuni.
Admin Reply:
Kathryn, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
tony calvert. tony calvert. from england. wrote on November 18, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Tony, Thanks for asking. I have sent you an e-mail from , Rodger ___________________________________
jeff darling jeff darling from lynn,ma wrote on November 7, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Hey, Jeff Nice to hear from you. I sent you an e-mail from Rodger _______________
Richard Rogalewski Richard Rogalewski from United Kingdom wrote on November 4, 2009
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&quot 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.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for visiting our NAFTS website and GUEST BOOK. I have sent you an e-mail from Rodger ____________________
John E Walsh John E Walsh from DALY CITY, CALIF. wrote on November 3, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
John, Nice to hear from you. Are you going to join your NAFTS Shipmates at Las Vegas Nov 16-20?? your shipmate, Rodger (
Bob Mulligan Bob Mulligan from Massachusetts wrote on November 2, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Bob, I sent you a message from, Rodger
ron " reejay " rejician ron " reejay " rejician from center valley pa wrote on October 23, 2009
haven't been to site for a while. it's great was on ute - atf-76 @59-62 am i cuurent on dues???
Admin Reply:
Ron, I sent you an E-mail from Rodger
D Hertzog D Hertzog wrote on October 19, 2009
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!
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Hertzog, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Robert Greene Robert Greene from Oklahoma wrote on October 18, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Robert, I sent you an e-mail from , Rpdger
A.M. "Smokey" Robertson A.M. "Smokey" Robertson from Alabama wrote on October 16, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Hey, Smokey! I knew you would find it someday, Rodger
Frank Lydell Frank Lydell from Rockford Mi wrote on October 15, 2009
Hi, i served onboard the USS Seneca ATF 91 from 1959 / 1963. I just found this site and wanted say hi fellow shipmates
Admin Reply:
Frank, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger _______________________________________________
Gordon Masse Gordon Masse from USS Moctobi, ATF-105 '64-'66 wrote on October 15, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Gordon, Thanks a bunch, Rodger
Sheridan T. Collins Sheridan T. Collins from Arkansas wrote on October 3, 2009
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?
Admin Reply:
Sheridan, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Bernard F. Rash Bernard F. Rash from Hawaii wrote on September 12, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Bernard, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
jerry orfano jerry orfano from bklyn New york wrote on September 6, 2009
Great site I am building a 1/48 scale atf and the site gave me alot of info
Admin Reply:
Glad we could help. When you complete the model ATF, please send a photo of it to us, Rodger NAFTS President
Troy "Andy" Dodson EM3 Troy "Andy" Dodson EM3 from North Carolina wrote on August 26, 2009
USS PAIUTE 159....1987-1990
Admin Reply:
Andy, I sent you an e-mail from Rodger ________
Estil "big E" Ewing Estil "big E" Ewing from El Cajon, CA wrote on August 25, 2009
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"
Admin Reply:
Big E, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Ron mc daniel Ron mc daniel from St Louis area wrote on August 25, 2009
Hi was cook on board molala 69-73 alot of great guys/memories God Bless
Admin Reply:
Ron, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Robert Parker Robert Parker from Bremerton, Washington wrote on August 25, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Robert, I sent you an e-mail fom, Rodger ___________________________________________
Benjamin Foster Benjamin Foster from New Orleans (ArabI) wrote on August 20, 2009
Any photos of the YTM Konoko (Known in Merchant Service as the Emma Brown). Any info greatly appreciated Best Regards, Foster Remember the Texas
Admin Reply:
Ben, I sent you an E-mail from, Rodger
J.A. LOHR, CTAC, USN, (RET) J.A. LOHR, CTAC, USN, (RET) from Coplay, Pa wrote on August 17, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
I sent you a reply from, Rodger
Paul LeBoeuf Paul LeBoeuf from Belle Chasse, Louisiana wrote on August 6, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Paul, I sent you an e-mail from Rodger
Tom Rumsey Tom Rumsey from Benicia, California wrote on August 6, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Tom, I sent you an e-mail from Rodger
Steve Charles Steve Charles from Texas wrote on August 5, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Steve, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Dennis Pangburn Dennis Pangburn from Napa, California wrote on August 2, 2009
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
Admin Reply:
Dennis, Thanks for the input. See you in Las Vegas in November for the 20th annual NAFTS reunion, Rodger
Paul Cusmano Paul Cusmano from New Jersey wrote on August 2, 2009
Just checking out the guest book. Served on the USS Reclaimer ARS-42 from November 1979 - June 1980.
Admin Reply:
Paul, I sent you a message from, Rodger
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on July 30, 2009
I'm sorry, forgot the d in Rodger Dana's name.
Admin Reply:
Leon, You are forgiven, see you at the annual reunion, Rodger
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on July 29, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Roger who?? Rodger
James Wang James Wang from Taiwan wrote on July 26, 2009
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!
Admin Reply:
James, Thank you for your prompt response, with photos. your shipmate, Rodger
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Akron, OH wrote on July 21, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger ______________________________________________
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Wilcox, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
David Vanasse David Vanasse from Alfred ME wrote on July 19, 2009
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!
Admin Reply:
David, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
john watkins john watkins from asheville, n.c. wrote on July 13, 2009
served aboard u.s.s. molala atf-106 1960 until aug 1962 would like to hear from ship mates at that time. tks.
Admin Reply:
John, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
james t dobbins james t dobbins from candler nc wrote on July 7, 2009
I WAS CAPTAIN ON ARMY TUG ST2130 IN VIETNAM ,PART OF 64-65&66-67 cw2 james t dobbins
Admin Reply:
James, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Mike Stasiak Mike Stasiak from Bonneau Beach, SC wrote on July 5, 2009
I served on USS Cocopa (ATF-101) in 1965-66 as an SK2. In desperate need of contact with anyone who was onboard in Oct 65 when we fouled screw in the buoy cable off Viet Nam. Need info for a disability claim. Please contact if you can help!
Admin Reply:
Mike, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger _________
Dan Margheim Dan Margheim from Windsor Colorado wrote on July 5, 2009
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.
Admin Reply:
Dan, I sent you an e-mail from , Rodger
Jack Campbell Jack Campbell from Middlesboro KY wrote on June 30, 2009
Served aboard the U.S.S. Umpqua, ATA 209 as an RM2 from 1957-1961. Trying to find shipmates from that time period.
Admin Reply:
Jack, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
William OConnell William OConnell from New York wrote on June 17, 2009
My father was a Chief MOMM, William Patrick O'Connell, everyone called him Buddy or Chief. He was on the USS Utina ATF 163 from 1948 until 1952. We lived in a house in Newtown at Guantanamo Bay during those years. If any one of your members knew my Dad I'd love to hear from them. My sisters and I are trying to make a history of our fathers 20 years in the Navy. Thank you in advance Bill
Admin Reply:
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Kevin Kevin from Massachusetts wrote on June 16, 2009
Served as MK-2/1 on CGC Cherokee 1982-84. Much of the towing gear had been removed so it road even worse then most ATF's. Still had plenty of gut's in those big EMD 567's. I have tried unsuccessfully to learn about Cherokee's part in the No. Africa Invasion as a Navy ATF. Would love to locate log books from Nov. 1942- Jan.43. Also have been trying to get names of the ATF's involved in the recovery of USS Missouri grounding at Hampton Roads in Jan-Feb. 1950
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Randy Roberts Randy Roberts from Greenwood , IN wrote on June 11, 2009
I'm trying to find info about the boat my Dad served on in WWII. I have a picture with no hull number. He passed away in 1971 before I could ask him questions about his sevice. His name was Hiram (Frank)Roberts and he severed from 1943 to 1945 in the Pacific. Any info please e-mail
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Chris McMillen Chris McMillen from Canal Winchester, OH wrote on June 7, 2009
My Grandpa, Linus Bishop served aboard the USS Pawnee (ATF-74) in WWII (1943-45). On 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.
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James E. McLeod James E. McLeod from Jacksonville, FL wrote on June 6, 2009
Served aboard the USS Chowanoc (ATF-100) out of San Diego from fall 1963 to summer 1966. Made two Westpac cruises and spent time in DaNang harbor and Saigon River. Was ship's yeoman (YNSN, YN3, YN2) and served as Captain's phone talker on the bridge. Thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years aboard, and looking back, was probably my best times of the last 60 years. Would love to do them over again. Great times on liberty in Japan, Phillipines, Guam, Korea, Hawaii. Served under Capt (LT) Seagrist and XO (LTJG) Erwin. They changed me from a kid to a man in 3 years. Spent a lot of time in the XO's stateroom with his size 12 foot up my b***, but he deserves a lot of credit for what I turned out to be.
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Jim Bendickson Jim Bendickson from Brandon Florida wrote on June 6, 2009
I can not tell my father thank you anymore for his service on ATF-87 during WWII but I can still send my thanks to all of the Fleet tug sailors who served in WWII and especially during the D-DAY invasion in Normandy who are still alive. Thank you for your courage, honor, and sacrifice. Jim Bendickson ( Son of Edwin Bendickson ATF-87 - Moreno)
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James Hadenfeldt James Hadenfeldt from Solon, Iowa wrote on May 30, 2009
Served on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from Dec 1963 to May 1967
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Todd Anderson Todd Anderson from Wichita, Ks. USA wrote on May 18, 2009
Just found the site cruising nautical links. I served aboard USS Reclaimer ARS-42 from 1980-1983 and on YTB's Redwing (YTB 783) and Washtucna (YTB 826)from 1987-89. Glad to see a site for old Salvors
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Leon Theriault Leon Theriault from El Cerrito, CA wrote on May 17, 2009
Just purchased a light from the Tug Quapaw ATF 110... anyone have any info on it?
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Don Epperson Don Epperson from Albany, Oregon wrote on May 11, 2009
Just read the 2009 Newsletter and have booked my room for the Golden Nugget for the November 2009 Reunion. I served on the USS QUAPAW (ATF-110)as a YN2/1 from 1968-1970
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Samuel Yardumian Samuel Yardumian from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. wrote on May 9, 2009
For Dave Buskey - When were you on the Seneca? Sam Yardumian, IC3, 12/60 - 11/63
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Gerald G Gwin ENCS (SW) Gerald G Gwin ENCS (SW) from Bremerton, WA wrote on May 2, 2009
Served on the USS Moctobi ATF-105 78-82 was SERVRON 5 Diesel Inspector 85-88
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Donlea Lozano Donlea Lozano from California wrote on April 30, 2009
(sorry about prior post - computer challenged) My father, Don Coughlan was an electrian's mate aboard the Seize beginning when it was commissioned in Vallejo, CA until the end of the war. The record says the ship was commissioned in Nov. 1944 - I have an original invitation to the commissioning ceremony that indicates the date was actually Dec. 1944. It is most interesting to have seen a post from someone Guest: Ed Sams AboutGuest: Ex Radarman who served with my Dad and may have known him!
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john atkinson john atkinson from OSSINING NEW YORK wrote on April 9, 2009
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David A. Buskey David A. Buskey from New Cumberland, Pa wrote on April 9, 2009
Former USS SENECA ATF91 crewman who just found this site and will be sure to visit it again often in the future
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James (Jim) Duermeyer James (Jim) Duermeyer from Ft. Worth, TX wrote on March 23, 2009
Served as XO on the Ute in 1971/72. Lots of trips in and out of Viet Nam pulling "stuff" back to Subic; and all over the rest of WestPac. Wonder if any other Ute guys of those years are members.
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Cdr. R. J. Ritter Cdr. R. J. Ritter from Houston, Tx. wrote on March 16, 2009
As a member of the ( Congressional ) Veteran's Advisory Board on ( radiation ) Dose Reconstruction, and in keeping with our "Veterans-Alert" Outreach program, we are posting the following important information for any Fleet Tug sailor who may have participated in an Atomic Bomb test in the Pacific Ocean ....... There were 560,000 military personnel involved with atmospheric ( and underwater ) testing of Nuclear ( and Thermo-nuclear ) weapons, from 1945 to the end of 1962. Many of these personnel served aboard several types of Navy Auxiliary ships, including Fleet Tugs. Those who were involved in Atomic Weapons tests are classified ( by Congress ) as "Atomic-Veterans." If you are an Atomic-Veteran, you may be entitled to "service-connected" benefits form the V.A., for illnesses that may have been caused by exposure to Atomic Radiation particles, while on active duty...... There are also benefits available to the surviving spouse of a deceased Atomic Veteran, again, by Congressional mandates. If you are an Atomic-Vet, and have any questions regarding potential V.A. benefits, the National Association of Atomic Veterans is available to assist you in filing a claim for such purposes. As an old Fleet Tug sailor myself, I have devoted my ( retirement ) free time those Atomic-Veterans who are experiencing health issues related to those events. R. J. Ritter ( USS Tawasa - ATF-92 ) Managing Director - National Commander Nat. Assoc. of Atomic Veterans Member: Veterans Advisory Board on ( radiation ) Dose Reconstruction Houston, Tx. 713-703-0563
Don Graham Don Graham from Cornwall U.K. wrote on March 2, 2009
looking forward to Las Vegas had a great time in Providence(except for cheese incident WOW)
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Don, Sorry about that! Those USS LIPAN Sailors are sometimes extra rowdy........
Richard Aronson Richard Aronson from Vancouver WA wrote on March 1, 2009
was aboard USNS SIOUX T-ATF-171 for two years 87-90
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Brian McNabb Brian McNabb from Louisiana wrote on March 1, 2009
USS Papago ATF-160 Pre-Com crew 1986-1989, Little Creek, VA. IC1
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Pete Ramsey Pete Ramsey from American Falls, Idaho 83211 wrote on February 26, 2009
USS Cree ATF 84, 1967...1971 EM2
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Ken Ramos Ken Ramos from Whaling City wrote on February 24, 2009
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Michael C Rieker Michael C Rieker from Dunedin, FL wrote on February 20, 2009
Greetings. I served aboard the USS Current (ARS-22), which sailed out of Pearl Harbor. I was a deck ape on the Current from April 15, 1966 to Nov. 26, 1967 when I was then transferred to Da nang Viet Nam to work on river boats. While on Current I experienced working close with the divers and we completed several salvage ops that were everything from lifting the engines of a crashed US Air Force C-141 Starlifter to pulling merchant ships from reefs to patching a hole and re-floating a Shell Oil Tanker. I have to say that life was never boring on board Current and I fully enjoyed my tour on a fleet tug. Current was also assigned the duty of towing a living barge, (APL-26) to Vung Tau Viet Nam to be the home of US Navy and US Army personnel assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force. During this tow from Bremerton, Washington to South Viet Nam, Current encountered a force 4 typhoon which was another exciting event. We were in wave troughs that were 20' higher then the signal bridge and taking rolls of 55 degrees. At one point the wind had pushed our tow ahead of us and while cutting it loose was not an option, it was considered. God rest the souls of all the Fleet Tug Sailors who have passed before us. We'll sail together again some day.
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Mike , Thanks for your prompt response to my e-mail from complimentary issue of NAFTS TOWLINE magazine is in the mail to you. Rodger
Bonnie Brewer Bonnie Brewer from Northern California wrote on February 8, 2009
Hello, My Uncle, Bud Scott, who lives in Salem, Oregon, served aboard the Ajax when it helped save the Canberra. He also served on another tug. He has told me a little about the sort of things you did... but after reading a lot of sites today... it is pretty clear that he is being very low key abuot what an incredible job you all did. I am partial to the story about the Canberra's engine swap... LOL. I have a photo of my husband and his buddies when the Canberra was in dry dock... I don't know if it was before or after the bean counters nightmare of the wrong engine numbers... but it sure was a long time ago... and that was onlly 1960. Oddly enough, my husband served on the 1960 Canberra "Good Will Tour"... LOL ... the one with all the missiles. He would not have been on the Canberra if it weren't for my Uncle and the rest of the amazing men and their "little ships that could" that did such an incredible job, under impossible conditions. They should have issued you all capes and shirts with Red S's on them. I wish I could have seen more of the site, it must be great. I wish my Uncle did computers so I could send it to him. My Uncle, and two brothers were in the Navy... my husband was a Sea Going Marine on the Canberra. Not enough credit is given... not enough honor for the men who served. Thank you, every single one of you for what you have done for the us. Bonnie
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michael w. cornelison michael w. cornelison from san antonio texas wrote on February 8, 2009
aboard USS Shakori ATF-162 1973-1977 HT-1
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Carlos Blea EN3 (DV) Carlos Blea EN3 (DV) from California wrote on February 6, 2009
Aboard the USS Molala ATF-106 from 1973 to 1975.
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QM1 Jerome J. McCartney USNR QM1 Jerome J. McCartney USNR from Las Vegas, Nevada wrote on January 27, 2009
Served Aboard U.S.S. Moctobi (ATF-105) NAVSTA Long Beach, California as a QMSN (DRILLRES) from 1980 - 1982.
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David (Hazel) Johnson David (Hazel) Johnson from Hawaii wrote on January 26, 2009
Ahoy. 1964-68 USS Reclaimer ARS-42 EM3
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don hutchinson don hutchinson from lagrange, nc wrote on January 7, 2009
Served onboard preserver (ars 8) from Oct84 till decommissioned in Sep86.
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Pat Belisle Pat Belisle from Somerset Wisconsin wrote on December 31, 2008
served aboard uss papago AFT 160 1964-1965 electricians mate 3rd class would like to hear from others that served aboard the papag we were out of little creek va.
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Doug Pittman Doug Pittman from Taylors, S.C. wrote on December 28, 2008
This site was reccommended by a good friend. I appreciate the ooportunity of perusing it, although I wasn't in the Navy--I was stationed at BAMC in San Antonio, Texas for my stay with Uncle Sam, and have many friends who were in our Navy's service! After all, EVERYONE doesn't look good in Army greens! LOL
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Helen Helen from Connecticut wrote on December 28, 2008
My father served on YTB 549 somewhere around 1946-1948. He will be celebrating his 88th birthday soon, and enjoys talking about his Navy memories.
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Vicki Oilar Vicki Oilar from California wrote on December 27, 2008
My dad, George Moural, served on the Pawnee, ATF-74, 1943-44. He was trained in San Diego in Company 42-498, then stationed at the USN Ammunition Base in San Espiritu, N.H. He later served on the USS Robert K Huntington DD 781. I have 38 photos of sailors and ships that have no identification. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you for your wonderful website.
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Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on December 21, 2008
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. See you in Vegas Dennis
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Thanks, Dennis. Our best to you & Carol. See You in Vegas 15-20 Nov 09. Rodger
Mark Caldwell Mark Caldwell from Norwich, NY wrote on December 16, 2008
Served as an RM3 on Preserver (ARS-8), from 9/73 until discharge 9/74. In the Med the summer of '74 and got caught up in the Cyprus civil war.Great ship and great crew. Still have many fond memories of those times. Great website! Keep up the good work.
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jim colon jim colon from wauseon,ohio wrote on December 14, 2008
Went aboard the Cocopa 101 in Jan 1956 as a FN Ringgaard was getting out so decided to try my hand as an EM Got off in 1959. Good ship and crew.
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Harold Cole Jr Harold Cole Jr from Corry, PA wrote on December 7, 2008
I served aboard the ATF 158 from 09/1950 to 08/1950 Engineman Apprectice.
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Debra Mack Debra Mack from Chesaw, Washington wrote on December 6, 2008
My father-in-law, Leo John (Jack) Mack went to boot camp at Farragut, Idaho, December 1943. He was on the crew of the USS ATR-32. We are looking for crew members, information about the vessel and pictures. Thank you for the Web site. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Michael Lee Easter Michael Lee Easter from yakima Washington wrote on November 24, 2008
I served aboard USS MATACO ATF-86 1975 to 1977 I would like to hear from any other ship mates ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ken Maltese Ken Maltese from Rutland Vt wrote on November 11, 2008
Served on USS Luiseno ATF 156 from March '55 till October '57. Anyone around that served at that time???
Reg D'Ambrisi Reg D'Ambrisi from Saranac Lake, NY 12983 wrote on November 5, 2008
Was a crewmember in Shakori (ATF 162)from Sep 79 to Feb 80. Was on decommissioning crew and one of the last off her. Best shipboard duty I ever had. I retired as PN1 in April 81.
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Jerry Dickson EN2 Jerry Dickson EN2 from Sacramento Ca. wrote on November 1, 2008
Hi All anyone out there from the atf94 58,59
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EM1 Pat McGee, 1951-59 and EN3 Roger Corray, 1958 are NAFTS members. If you wish to contact them, send an E-mail to Rodger
Don Graham Don Graham from England U.K. wrote on October 29, 2008
Hi all at N.A.F.T.S I had a great time in Providence really well run the service on USS Massachusetts was well done I was greatly honoured to cast wreath on the day many thanks hope to meet up again in Las Vegas? best regards to all at N.A.F.T.S
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Don, Thanks for the compliments. We look forward to seeing you and Betty at our NAFTS reunions. Hope you can make it over to Las Vegas for our 2009 and 20th annual reunion 15-20 November in the Gloden Nugget downtown. your shipmate, Rodger
Michael Walter Michael Walter from Reese, Michigan wrote on October 9, 2008
I was stationed aboard the USS Cocopa ATF 101 from 1970-1973. I served my entire hitch aboard her (as a Seamen second class through QM2). As I look back on the experience, I loved the ship and the crew. We cruised to Adak,AK.(2x's), Panama and Westpact. I'm open to anyone that would like to correspond about those days. I remember typhoons, reindeer hunts, Cook Inlet and pie eating contest off Danang.
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Douglas M Gerber Douglas M Gerber from New Jersey wrote on October 7, 2008
Hello All and Thank you for your service to your country
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Gale Earley Gale Earley from Jacksonville NC wrote on September 29, 2008
my father George Washington Earley served in the South Pacific. Several of the ships on which he served were sunk. He spent some time in Australia between ship assignments. We know he was around the Coral Sea at some point. He would never talk about the events but did write one article for the magazine about his experiences. If there is any one out there that remembers a George Washington Earley from western North Carolina I would appreciate hearing from you Thanks Gale Earley
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Gale, Can you supply the ship names? Our NAFTS ship research is mainly done on Military Rescue,Towing & Salvage vessels. Reply to: sincerely, Rodger
James w. truesdale James w. truesdale from colorado springs,co wrote on September 27, 2008
I was an ET (the only one) on the Munsee ATF-107 from Nov 56 until Sept 58.
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It was good to talk to you, and to find out we were neighbors at San Diego! Rodger
Mike Walsh BM3 Mike Walsh BM3 from Haworth, NJ (via NYC) wrote on September 23, 2008
Served aboard the USS Munsee ATF-107 (1963-65). Unforgetable experience and some of the most memorable events in my life. After 44 years I just ran across a guy off the Munsee on the internet. Looked at the guest book, not too many Munsee sailors signed in. There out there some where I'm sure! Anyway, I just joined and hope to run across more on this site. GREAT SITE!!
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phil wallis phil wallis from rochester uk wrote on September 22, 2008
LT 1977 US Attleboro. I'am trying to find out the history of this tug, or anybody who served on her. Was in southampton for a while at hythe, then sold off 2003, she is now on the Medway Kent, UK.
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John D. Kojetin John D. Kojetin from Minnesota wrote on September 22, 2008
I would like to hear more on the Bolster RS-38.
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Joseph Johns Joseph Johns from York, Ne wrote on September 21, 2008
served on the USS Cocopa ATF-101 from 1970-1973 during that time the ship sailed to Panama from San Diego,ca and then to Alaska.
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James Bendickson James Bendickson from Brandon FL wrote on September 14, 2008
My father, Eddie Bendickson was a first class gun pointer on fleet tug ATF-87 (Moreno) during WWII. My father passed away in 1997 and I am trying to find out more about his service on ATF-87. I know the Moreno received three battle stars for World War II service. I think my father was on the Moreno when they went to Odessa Russia to provide American soldiers released from German POW camps with cargo, food,clothing, and medicine.My father was wounded on the Moreno. I think it may have been on 6 July, while still at Bizerte, she was caught in an air raid during which a near miss injured three men and damaged the superstructure and rigging. This may have been during the invasion of southern sicily. I am not sure if my information is correct. I would love to hear from anyone who served on ATF-87 Moreno. I am going to bury my father's ashes at the National Cemetry in South Florida in November. I want to honor my father with his service in WWI and specifically his service on ATF-87. I plan to give a short talk about my father's service on ATF-87.
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FRANCIS BROWN FRANCIS BROWN from SCOTLAND UK wrote on September 12, 2008
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Francis, Thanks for your entry. We are looking forward to seeing Don Graham at our 2008 reunion at Providence, Rhode Island, in a few weeks.We hope you can come over and attend some of our reunions. sincerely, Rodger Dana, NAFTS President
Mike Barnhardt Mike Barnhardt from Ohio. Now reside in MA. wrote on September 10, 2008
Great Website. Thank you Artie Colabella for providing info for site. Artie and I met in 1967 on the USS Sagamore ATA 208. Plan is to become a member.
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Dennis Knebel Dennis Knebel from San Francisco wrote on September 7, 2008
I was a QM3 on the Chowanoc ATF-100. I remember my very first day I reported aboard....the yeoman took my packet of orders, glanced at'em for a minute, then threw them straight in the trash. So many great experiences on that old tug! Only made one WestPac, though and got transferred to Subic Bay before they sent her to ADAC.
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Orrin Tucker Orrin Tucker from Cincinnati ,Ohio wrote on September 6, 2008
Tom, this new site is awesome!! I'm still looking for shipmates from the the USS Ute 57-58 .
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Lyal Lyal from Omaha Ne wrote on August 20, 2008
Served on the Mahopac ATA 196 until she was turned over to the taiwanese Navy. Great duty!
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Charles Charles from Ypung wrote on August 18, 2008
Served aboard the Mataco ATF86 from 1952 thru June 1955.. Greatest duty in the Navy, spent my entire time of service aboard her. And saw most of the Pacific bases..
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collinsalbert34 collinsalbert34 from New York wrote on August 18, 2008
A good site. I like, make sure you check yet.
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Please clarify your comment. We don't understand you.
Mike Goodwin Mike Goodwin from Bronx, New York wrote on August 17, 2008
Served on the U.S.S Utina Atf 163 from Feb/64 till July/68.....Felt so bad when I found out that the Utina is now the felipe larrazabal Venazuala..I saw pictures of her and she looked terrible. I'd rather see her on the bottom of the Atlantic then seving that Psyco chavez..
Jodie E Jones Jodie E Jones from Indianapolis, Indiana 46217 wrote on August 14, 2008
Was on the ATF Utina from March 1962 to March 1964.
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Patricia Wilson Carrillo Patricia Wilson Carrillo from Broken Arrow Oklahoma wrote on August 13, 2008
My paternal grandfather William J. Wilson was a sea captain on a tug and family history is that his tug towed the USS Maine to sea for burial. We have the star from the captains cabin door and the barometer from the Maine so we believe it is true. The only name I can find is the Osceola but no mention of captain or crew. Can you help me or tell me where to look. I had his captaincy papers but they have been lost in our move. Appreciate any help you can give me.
troy a dodson troy a dodson from dunn , nc wrote on August 11, 2008
was stationed on the uss paiute atf 159 from 87-90
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Frank West Frank West from Blacksburg, VA wrote on August 11, 2008
Just found your web site. Was attached TAD USS Achomawi ATF 148 4/46 to 8/46 during Operation Crossroads (Able and Baker A Bomb Tests). Also attached to USS Hoist ARS 40 4/52-8/53. Great looking web site.
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Frank, Thanks for your entry.We are proud of our all-volunteer web site and our webmaster, Tom Thomas, in Bend, OR. Rodger
ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. from Rome, NY wrote on August 8, 2008
Change aboard USS Allegheny ATA 179 From May 1959 to Dec. 1962
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ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. ENC Charles Wolner USN Ret. from Rome, NY wrote on August 8, 2008
I served aboard the USS Allegheny ATA 179 from May 1959 to Dec. 1969. Home ported at the Brooklyn, Navy Yard. I served on 5 different ships and the Allegheny was the most enjoyable. We did underwater research work for Colombia Univ. and Hudson Lab. We made a lot of runs to the Caribbean Island's in our mission's. The ship went to Bermuda for some "Rum Runs". We had a great crew that worked hard and played hard.
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Rick Tartaglia Rick Tartaglia from california wrote on August 7, 2008
Anyone out there serve aboard USS Salinan ATF161 in the 60's out of Key West Florida.
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Tom Wilson Tom Wilson from Port of Richmond wrote on August 6, 2008
USS Moctobi and Quapaw are in the process of being taken overseas for refit. The Moctobi will be the tow vessel. The repair crew would like any help from prior engineers, manuals etc that may be available. please call Ben at 281-932-4082. Thanks Tom 510-215-4605
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Richard Rohn Richard Rohn from Foxfire Village NC 27281 wrote on August 5, 2008
I was on the Uss Pursuit until Decommissioned and then was on the uss Serrano until Sept.1961.Would like to hear from anyone that was on the Serrano in the early 60"s
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jeff darling-uss utina-atf163 jeff darling-uss utina-atf163 from lynn,ma wrote on August 3, 2008
i would just like to say hi to all you tuggers.hope to see you guys at the reunion in providence.i live north of providence near boston in lynn,ma.right on the ocean where i will always be near.i still have salt water in my veins.hope any of my shipmates from the utina will be there.i would love to talk over old times.i will bring old pictures of the ship inside and out.i was the sea detail lookout,the main lookout from july/66 until july/68.i was an bme3.loved the duty and the guys.just a few of us northerners aboard.chamberlin,ryder,goodwin,mele,birch and sink.i still remember you guys.40 long years.let!s meet. jeff
David 'Pod' Podurgiel David 'Pod' Podurgiel from Pittsburgh,Pa wrote on July 31, 2008
USS Saugus YTB-780 Holy Loch, Scotland Feb.1985-Aug 1987. Best 2 1/2 years of my life.
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Pod, Thanks for your input. That WAS great duty! Rodger __________
Garry Brown Garry Brown from Tucumcari, NM wrote on July 21, 2008
I served onboard USS Abnaki (ATF-96) from 1960-63. I was a deck seaman. Would like to hear from old ship mates during that period.
Ross J. Kramer Ross J. Kramer from DeLand, Florida wrote on July 21, 2008
Hi Rodger, I was in the Old Navy too. I'm looking for any of the old boots from company 073 at San Diego, CA from 1952. We went in in January 1952. About 15 of us went aboard the old Apache, ATF67. Don't know what happened to the rest of them. Ross
James Leach James Leach from St.Petersburg, Florida wrote on July 20, 2008
Served on the USS Cree (ATF-84) and USS Hitchiti (103) from Dec76-May 78 Great Website. I've been away for awhile in MOntana and look forward to renewing my Membership. Jim Leach
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Jim, Glad to hear you are renewing your membership. I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Tim Menzel Tim Menzel from Milwaukee wrote on July 19, 2008
Hi All, Thanks for such a great site! I am attempting to honor those who have served in the Navy (WWII-postwar) on AT, ATS-type tugs with a book as there seems to be a niche. I would appreciate any information, specs, photos that anyone would provide. Sincerely Timothy Menzel CPT,MS,WIARNG
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Zack Zack from the bbc wrote on July 19, 2008
Hey T, finely got a chance to say hey. Its a cool sight you have going on. See you soon.
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Thanks for the compliments Zack TT said that.
Paul Sauer Paul Sauer from Utah wrote on July 11, 2008
Hello, I served on the USS Deliver ARS 23 May 1972 Feb 1973. Qm3
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Paul, I sent you an e-mail from, Rodger
Ed Poff Ed Poff from Sebring, Florida wrote on July 5, 2008
I served on the USS TAWAKONI ATF-114 right out on Radio School from 1954-1956. Left for staff duty in Japan in 1956. Billups Lodge (the Navy Cartoonist) was our XO at that time. Had some great shipmates and good times while aboard. Would love to hear from any ex-shipmates.
john watkins john watkins from asheville, n.c. wrote on July 3, 2008
served aboard u.s.s. Molala (atf-106)1960-1962
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John, I sent you a message from me at, Rodger
JOE McINTOSH JOE McINTOSH from OKLAHOMA wrote on June 24, 2008
I was a diver stationed aboard the USS Takelma ATF-113 out of Pearl in 1968-69. We "played" the Antilles in Tora!Tora!Tora! I loved the ship, the crew and the memories. Returned to Pearl in 2000 and really got emotional as memories rushed over me! Love to hear from Takelma crew. I am in touch with Richard Ray SK2in North Carolina. Joe McIntosh 3448 oak Creek Circle Newcaslt, OK 73065
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Joe, I sent you a reply from
Robbie Miles Robbie Miles from Tampa wrote on June 20, 2008
We recently found postcards from WWII when my grandfather, Dean E. Welch, served on the ATR-69 at Port Angeles, Wash. in 1945. I would love to learn more about tug sailors daily life to include in a family history book based on the postcards. He did basic at Great Lakes NTS in '44, then trained at Camp Shoemaker in Calif., then to Port Angeles. If you'd like to stroll down memory lane, I'd love to listen. My grandfather passed in '83 so any info is worthwhile. can reach me at
RICHARD ZENT RICHARD ZENT from USS CHOWANOC ATF 100 wrote on June 11, 2008
Admin Reply:
Hello Richard, The reunion in Providence should be a GREAT one!
Stan Sears Stan Sears from Hurst,Tx wrote on June 11, 2008
Served aboard the Uss Serrano,ATF converted to AGS 68-69. Served on USS Moctobi ATF 105 69 before going to DaNang. Would love to hear from old shipmates. Thanks for such a great web site. Miss the tugs but mostly miss the shipmates. Greatest duty in the Navy.
Admin Reply:
Come join us mate. The quarterly magazine Towline is worth the price of admission by itself!
Jerry Jones Jerry Jones from Lebanon, Indiana wrote on June 9, 2008
I served aboard USS Mahopac ATA 196 as Commanding Officer from October 1964 to October 1966. Ship was homparted in Yokosuka, Japan and we did a lot in the build up of Vietnam by towing all sorts of "stuff" to Vietnam.
Admin Reply:
We have a member that also served during those years Captain.
Ron Johnsen Ron Johnsen from Fremont, CA wrote on June 5, 2008
Served on USS MATACO (ATF-86) '63-'64 as EM3/EM2. Best duty I had. Love to hear from any Mataco sailors. Ron Johnsen, EMC Ret.
Admin Reply:
NAFTS counts a couple dozen Mataco sailors in it's membership. Why not join us? We also featured some great Mataco stories in Towline, our quarterly magazine.
William Anderson William Anderson from San Diego, CA wrote on June 5, 2008
My father was on the USS Sonoma 1943-44, transferred off prior to her sinking late 1944. If there is anyone who has knowledge of the Sonoma I would appreciate hearing from them. I am trying to locate the ships compliment registry to find out who was "Killed in Action". My fathers best friend was one of those killed. My father, Wilford F. "Bill or Willy" Anderson died on 14 August 1970, should anyone be interested. Thank you, William Anderson
Admin Reply:
Sonoma sunk on 24 October 1944 in San Pedro Bay. Leyte Gulf, after being hit by a flaming Japanese bomber amidships,Starboard. Chickasaw (ATF 83) came to her aid, put out the fires and removed her casualties. She sank later in 18 feet of water off Dio Island attempting to beach. None of the crew were killed in the action. (re. America's Tugs of War Jim Perkins)
Brian Keys Brian Keys from Georgia wrote on June 2, 2008
I served on USS Recovery ARS43 1982-1986 as a Hull Tech. I like the sight. You Call We Haul
Harold Ferguson Harold Ferguson from White City,Oregon wrote on May 29, 2008
Did my first yr. a/the post,montrey Calif.Second yr. aboard the USS Lipan 85.went from FA. to en3 no better dutie,ever!finish on ATF 96 Did a west pac/alaska/on the 85,even the bad days were great,just can say enough about her,served early 60 to 61 ,any 85er sure would like to hear from you ..fergie en3
Admin Reply:
Fergie, I sent you an e-mail answer via Rodger
Malcolm Maclean Malcolm Maclean from Portsmouth, England wrote on May 9, 2008
After 20 years research, my book "Naval Accidents Since 1945, has finally been published in England by Maritime Books. The book contains details of hundreds of naval vessels of all of the world's navies lost or critically damaged as a result of accidents. Included is several US Navy tugs, including Wateree (ATF-117), Cree (ATF-84) and Secota (YTM-415). Some years ao, I received some valuable assistance from one of your members, George W Kingston, to whom I wish to express my sincere gratitude. I hope that NAFTS shipmates find my book of some interest. Malcolm Maclean Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy
Admin Reply:
Commander Maclean, I sent you an E-mail from Rodger
Randy Bender, MN3, '69-'71 Randy Bender, MN3, '69-'71 from Hudson, FL wrote on May 7, 2008
My dad, Duane Bender, QM2, served in the Pawnee, ATF-74, 1943-45. In 1960, we visited one of his shipmates in Alabama [Hartselle, I think]. I don't remember his name, but think I would if I saw it. Does anyone know if I could get a roster of the Pawnee's crew for those years? Or, perhaps, someone might know of whom I'm speaking and if he's still living. My dad died in '95. Any help will be appreciated.
Admin Reply:
Randy, I sent you an E-mail from Rodger
charles clark charles clark from south fulton tenn wrote on May 3, 2008
uss shakori 1947 to 1950
Admin Reply:
Thanks for checking in at the GUEST BOOK,Charles! Rodger Dana
William M. Moen Sr. RM1 Ret. William M. Moen Sr. RM1 Ret. from Ridgecrest, CA wrote on May 3, 2008
I was a RM1 on board U.S.S. Tawasa ATF-92 1971-1975 Made last NORTHPAC cruise of fleet tugs. Was on operation Sewer Pipe. Made a tow from Midway to Guam with AFDB in tow 56 days one way! Was First station ship Hyphong harbor Operation End Sweep. Was on Operation Neptune.
Admin Reply:
William, I sent you an E-mail from Rodger
Hope to see all you guys in Providence. Great web page keep up good work.
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Don. We will see you there, hope Betty comes also. Rodger
Lloyd Jamison Lloyd Jamison from Shawnee Oklahoma wrote on April 28, 2008
I wonder If there are any old tugers out there,that went through boot camp at farragut Idaho at camp Scott Co-138-43???
Admin Reply:
Lloyd, that's a good question. I wonder how many years that camp was in operation? Rodger
Lovelace (LJ) michel Jr. Lovelace (LJ) michel Jr. from Morgan City, La. wrote on April 28, 2008
served from 1969 to 1972 Rank EN2
Admin Reply:
LJ, I sent you an E-mail from, Rodger
Art Colabella Art Colabella from Brick N.J. wrote on April 25, 2008
GREAT WEB-SITE I'm gonna send in for my membership. I was on the ATA 208 Sagamore and the ATF 156 Luisino 1967-1971 .I will contact some of my old crew mates and send them this sight.
Admin Reply:
Art, I sent you an E-mail from
Eudale Ringgaard Eudale Ringgaard from Brookings, sd wrote on April 24, 2008
Served aboard the USS Cocopa ATF 101 from 1952 to 1956 as an electricians Mate.
Admin Reply:
Eudale, I sent you an e-mail from Rodger
Jack Ellmo Jack Ellmo from St Louis Mo wrote on April 24, 2008
I served aboard the USS BOLSTER ARS38 from March 1952 to May 1953 as an electricians mate.
Admin Reply:
I sent you an E-mail from . Rodger
francis brown francis brown from scotland uk wrote on April 22, 2008
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)
Admin Reply:
Francis, Thank you for your note. We are always pleased to hear from our DSRTA shipmates. Rodger Dana, NAFTS President.
Jerry Harrison Jerry Harrison from lebanon or wrote on April 18, 2008
I served aboard the USS Mataco ATF 86 from Feb 1956 till July 1958 Mustered out as En2.
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Jerry, I sent you an E-mail from
Joseph W. Moser Joseph W. Moser from Bradenton, FL wrote on April 18, 2008
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.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Thanks for joining NAFTS.Any shipmate of Tom Thomas is a shipmate of mine. I sent you an e-mail about the LIPAN patch.If you strike out on that source, get back to me.
Weldon (Carp) Carpenter Weldon (Carp) Carpenter from YTB138 & ATF 100 wrote on April 15, 2008
I am of the OLD Navy. 1955 to 1959. Served on the ATF Chowanc with Rodger Dana,but I am better looking!!54566
Admin Reply:
It's a wonder the Chowanoc ever got anywhere, with Carp asleep at the throttle! :~)) Rodger
Randy Schlegel Randy Schlegel from Wisconsin wrote on April 11, 2008
Great web site..Served on the USS CREE ATF-84 early 70's..Hull Tech-3rd class
Admin Reply:
Randy, Thanks for your visit to our website.
Stephen Lightcap Stephen Lightcap from Blythe, California wrote on April 11, 2008
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.
Admin Reply:
Stephen, I sent you an e-mail today (11 April) Rodger
Nick Radke Nick Radke from Surf City, USA wrote on April 7, 2008
Good job, Tom. I'll see everyone in Provedence.
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Iowa wrote on April 6, 2008
Tom What a great improvemet. See you on RI Dennis
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Dennis!! Rodger
Hank Barger Hank Barger from Houston, TX wrote on April 5, 2008
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.
Admin Reply:
Hank, I sent you an e-mail from Rodger
Jery Sears Jery Sears from Hemet, CAlifornia wrote on April 4, 2008
Roger; What a wonderful web Page. Hello to all ATF Sailors.
Admin Reply:
Jerry, Thanks for the compliment. The credit all goes to Tom Thomas, our NAFTS Webmaster and Secretary/Membership guy. Tom designed the site and maintains it.Please give him a "pat on the back" at, or call him toll-free at 866-652-2038. Rodger (
Steven B. Walton Steven B. Walton from Woodbridge, VA wrote on April 2, 2008
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.
Admin Reply:
Steven, I sent you an E-mail about your Cahokia shipmates who belong to NAFTS.
Ralph Carpenter Ralph Carpenter from Safford, AZ wrote on March 29, 2008
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
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Ralph, Our thanks to you for contributing such a nice photo of the MOC. Rodger Dana NAFTS President
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 THANKS FOR KEEPING UP THE WEBSITE. BOB
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Bob, Hope you reveived my E-mail from
Jim Colon Jim Colon from Wauseon Ohio wrote on March 21, 2008
Just found the new web site real neat.
Admin Reply:
Jim, I hope you received my E-mail. Rodger(
George Grimes George Grimes from Brooklyn, NY wrote on March 20, 2008
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.....
Admin Reply:
Hope you received my e-mail, Rodger (
Robert Hansen Robert Hansen from Long Island, N.Y. wrote on March 19, 2008
Served aboard USS Seneca, ATF-91 1966-1967
Admin Reply:
Robert, I sent you an E-mail today(20 March) Rodger (
W>Wade Newsom W>Wade Newsom from VA wrote on March 16, 2008
On Board USS Mosopelea 1965 1968 USS Preserver 1968 1969
Admin Reply:
Wade, We are pleased to hear from member Winkowski that you have been "connected" Rodger Dana
Hollis Taylor Hollis Taylor from Tullahoma,Tn wrote on March 14, 2008
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.
Admin Reply:
Hollis, Thanks for your entry in our new GUEST BOOK. NAFTS has 3 members who served on ATA 179, but none served the same time as you. If you would like to see a copy of our NAFTS members magazine, TOWLINE, please send your mailing address to me at your shipmate, Rodger Dana
Garland Summerall Garland Summerall from Chambersburg, Pa wrote on March 6, 2008
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
Admin Reply:
ENC(Ret) Summerall, Thanks for sending the ATF 84 photo to NAFTS for our Historical collection. Rodger