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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Samoset (ATA-190)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS ATA-190 (1945 - 1948)
November - India - India - Tango
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
USS Samoset (ATA-190) was transferred to Haiti, renamed Henri Christophe (MM20)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-117
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-190,15 May 1944
Laid down, 29 September 1944 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched, 26 October 1944
Commissioned USS ATA-190, 1 January 1945, LTjg. Elmo D. Twiehaus, USN in command
During World War II USS ATA-190 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, 1 to 6 May 1945
Following World War II USS ATA-190 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 27 March 1946
Named USS Samoset (ATA-190), 16 July 1948
Decommissioned, 12 September 1969
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Transferred, cash sale, to Haiti under the Security Assistance Program, 1 October 1978, renamed Henri Christophe (MM20)
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1978
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Samoset (ATA-190) earned one battle star as USS ATA-190 for World War II service
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 Samoset (ATA-190) underway from Naval Station Norfolk, circa 1963.
US Navy photo.
|Contributed by Craig Rothhammer to
of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Samoset (ATA-190) on the port side of the lock. On the starboard side of the lock, is USS Sagamore (ATA-208) during a goodwill tour to Cardiff Wales, date unknown.
Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by George Antellas.
||USS Samoset (ATA-190) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 1967.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Samoset (ATA-190) towing a target, 27 June 1967, during operations off the Virginia Capes.
US Navy photo # KN 15675, courtesy Shipscribe.com
USS Samoset (ATA-190)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Twiehaus, Elmo David, USN||1 January 1945 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Smith Jr., Walter Webster, USN||1956 - ?|
|03||LCDR. Stouter, Leland Roy, USN||July 1961 - June 1963|
|04||LT. Boland Jr., Joseph Eugene, USNR||June 1963 - ?|
|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 10 July 2020
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