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USNS Tonkawa (T-ATA-176)
USS Tonkawa (ATA-176) (1948 - 1956)
ATA-176 (1947 - 1948)
USS ATA-176 (1944 - 1947)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
USNS Tonkawa (T-ATA-176) was transferred to Taiwan and renamed ROCS Ta-Shueh 547
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Laid down, 30 January 1944 as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-103), at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX
Launched, 1 March 1944
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-176), 15 May 1944
Commissioned, USS ATA-176, 19 August 1944, LTjg. Ralph T. Crane Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS ATA-176 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS ATA-176 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 October to 1 November 1945
Decommissioned, 30 June 1947, at Naval Supply Depot, Oakland, CA.
Assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) and placed in service as ATA-176
Named, Tonkawa (ATA-176), 16 July 1948
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Tonkawa (T-ATA-176) circa 1949-50
Placed out of service, 8 May 1956
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1961
Transferred to Taiwan in April 1962 under the Security Assistance Program (SAP), renamed ROCS Ta-Shueh 547
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 12 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
Diesel 1,200 Bbls
two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
Ship's Service Generators
two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||USS ATA-176 underway in Manila Bay, circa 1944-45
||Photo by John R. Clifton EM3, USS ATA-176
||USS ATA-176 underway in San Francisco Bay, returning, 1 June 1946 from the South Pacific. Note the homeward bound pennant flying from her masthead the movie screen on her fantail, and also note that her armament has been removed.
||Submitted by Albert Rousseau to National Association
of Fleet Tug Sailors
ROCS Ta-Sueh (ATA-547)
||Ex Tonkawa (ATA-176) seen here in Taiwanese service as ROCS Ta-Shueh 547 during transfer ceremonies at Seattle WA., 1962.
||Taiwan Navy Web Site
USS Tonkawa (ATA-176)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Crane Jr., Ralph Thompson, USNR||19 August 1944 - 8 September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Hood Jr., Cecil, USNR||8 September 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Conrad, Franklin J., USNR||December 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 22 May 2020
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