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USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202)
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USS Wampanoag (ATA-202) (1948 - 1959)
USS ATA-202 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Lima - Alpha
NILA
USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS ATA-202 Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Coast Guard Battle Efficiency Award - Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon


Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-129)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-202),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 24 August 1944, at Gulfport Boiler & Welding, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 10 October 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-202, 8 December 1944
  • During World War II ATA-202 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 May to 10 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 27 October 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Named USS Wampanoag (ATA-202), 16 July 1948
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 25 February 1959,
  • Commissioned USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202)
  • Struck from the Naval Register and permanently transferred to the US Coast Guard, 1 June 1959
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 30 January 1980
  • Sold for commercial service, to Dave Howard of Tacoma, WA. in 1991
  • Laid up at Tacoma, WA. in 2000
  • An attempt to acquire Comanche by the American Fleet Tug Museum was not successful in 2006
  • Donated to the Comanche 202 Foundation to serve as a non-profit historic and educational vessel in the south Puget Sound area
  • Current status, moored at Olympia, WA. during restoration
  • USS ATA-202 was awarded one battle star for World War II service
    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. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-202
    ATA-202 392k ATA-202 underway near Port Arthur, TX. probably during builders trials in November 1944. Photo by Business Menís Studio,Beaumont TX. Bill Wisby
    ATA-202 350k ATA-202 underway near Port Arthur, TX. probably during builders trials in November 1944. Photo from the files of Gulfport Boiler & Welding, Port Arthur, TX. Jim Swank
    USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202)
    ATA-202 65k Ex-USS Wampanoag (ATA-202) in US Coast Guard service at USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) underway circa 1959, location unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    ATA-202 62k USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) underway in San Francisco Bay, 16 November 1971.
    US Coast Guard photos.
    Courtesy NAFTS, Contributed by Dick Levesque RMC USCG Ret.
    ATA-202 51k
    ATA-202 71k
    ATA-202 44k
    Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) (Comanche 202 Foundation )
    ATA-202 103k Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) at the ship breakers yard, 11 March 2006.
    Courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors Photos 093820216 and 093820217 by Joe Peterson. Photos 093820218 and 093820219 by Bruce Martens
    Robert Hurst
    ATA-202 100k
    ATA-202 189k
    ATA-202 127k
    ATA-202 51k Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) moored on the Foss Waterway at Tacoma, WA. Pipes in front of Comanche are from the dredge working the area. Joe Peterson
    ATA-202 88k Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) at anchor north of Olympia, WA., 14 June 2008. Joe Peterson
    ATA-202 240k Volunteers work on restoring Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) in 2008. Joe Peterson
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    ATA-202 691k Ex-USCGC Comanche (WMEC-202) sailing away from Olympia, WA., 5 June 2009. Joe Peterson

    USS Wampanoag (ATA-202)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Comanche, 1959 WMEC-202
    Historic Naval Ships Association - USCGC Comanche (ATA-202, WATA-202, WMEC-202)
    US Coast Guard Comanche 202 Foundation
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    "Seattle Times" article "Tug needs permanent berth" by John Dodge
    "The Olympian" article "WWII tug needs a new port Battle Star: State agency says time in Budd Inlet is up" by John Dodge
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