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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
Contributed by Al Grazevich
USS Accokeek (ATA-181)
USS ATA-181 (1944 - 1948)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Golf
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:
|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 1945||13 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
USS Accokeek (ATA-181) earned one battle star as USS ATA-181 during World War II
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.
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
two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ships Service Generators
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||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
||USS Accokeek (ATA-181) moored pierside while dressed in flags, date and location unknown.
Courtesy National Association Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
||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)
|01||LT. Lacour, Charles M.||7 October 1944 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Davis Duane Leslie||1946 - ?|
|03||LT. Vittek, Albert William||no dates|
|04||LT. Berry, Richard Clayton :RADM||1959 - ?|
|05||LTjg. Baril, Robert F.||1962 - 1963|
|06||LT. Dean, Herbert Joseph||1963 - ?|
|07||LT. Black, Jerry Hall||March 1966 - 21 December 1968|
|08||LT. Werner, Henry A.||21 December 1968 - ?|
|09||LT. 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
Last Updated 12 December 2014
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