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USS Accokeek (ATA-181)
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USS ATA-181 (1944 - 1948)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Golf
NJQG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-108)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-181),15 May 1944
  • Laid Down, 15 June 1944
  • Launched, 27 July 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-181, 7 October 1944, LT. C. M. Lacour in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-181 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS ATA-181 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    7 September to 30 December 194513 April to 29 June 1946

  • Named USS Accokeek (ATA-181), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1972
  • Laid up at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL, (NAVDIVESALTRACEN), maintenance category X
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1986
  • Sold, 29 July 1972, to ISMF, Norfolk, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target or destroyed by test, 09 July 2000 near Panama City, FL.
  • USS Accokeek (ATA-181) earned one battle star as USS ATA-181 during World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ships Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Accokeek 79k USS Accokeek (ATA-181) underway in the Delaware River near the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 18 July 1966, her crew at quarters. Photo by Bruno T. Wojciechowski
    US Navy photo # NH 92281 from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Accokeek 18k USS Accokeek (ATA-181) moored pierside while dressed in flags, date and location unknown.
    Courtesy National Association Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    Accokeek 86k Ex USS Accokeek (ATA-181) being sunk as part of a reef project/diving site, off Panama City, FL., 20 February 1987. Al Consiglio, via Dan Grizzard, courtesy Mike Turner, NAFTS

    USS Accokeek (ATA-181)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lacour, Charles M.7 October 1944 - ?
    02LCDR. Davis Duane Leslie1946 - ?
    03LT. Vittek, Albert William, USN 1947 - April 1948
    04LT. Berry, Richard Clayton :RADM1959 - ?
    05LTjg. Baril, Robert F.1962 - 1963
    06LT. Dean, Herbert Joseph1963 - ?
    07LT. Black, Jerry HallMarch 1966 - 21 December 1968
    08LT. Werner, Henry A.21 December 1968 - ?
    09LT. Hobert, William H. 9 May 1970 - 29 June 1972
    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
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