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USS Wandank (ATA-204)
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USS ATA-204 (1945 - 1952)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Lima - Hotel
NILH
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Menu (L)ima

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 - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-131)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-204),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 25 September 1944, at Gulfport Shipbuilding, Corp., Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 9 November 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-204, 18 January 1945, LTjg. Vernon L. Ryan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-204 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 28 November 1947, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Reactivated, 17 April 1952, at Astoria, OR.
  • Recommissioned, USS Wandank (ATA-204), 3 May 1952, at Pearl Harbor, LT. William A. Walden in command
  • Homeport changed to Naval Station Guam in 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Wandank (ATA-204) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    14 to 17 January 1968
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    23 to 25 April 1969
    1 to 6 May 1969

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1971, at Guam
  • Simultaneously turned over to the Department of the Interior for service in the Trust Territories
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 22 May 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1973
  • Subsequently returned to the Interior Department for serves in the Trust Territories
  • USS Wandank earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War 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
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-204
    Wandank 283k Starboard quarter view of ATA-204 underway during builders trials near Port Arthur, TX. in January 1945.
    Photo from the files of Gulfport Shipyard, Port Arthur TX (formerly known s Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works)
    James Swank
    Wandank 302k Starboard bow view of ATA-204 underway during builders trials near Port Arthur, TX. in January 1945.
    Photo from the files of Gulfport Shipyard, Port Arthur TX (formerly known s Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works)
    James Swank
    Wandank 16k Port bow view of ATA-204 underway during builders trials near Port Arthur, TX. in January 1945.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Wandank (ATA-204)
    Wandank 117k USS Wandank (ATA-204) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Eli Blanco RM3, USS Wandank 1967-1968
    Wandank 27k USS Wandank (ATA-204) underway the Pacific Ocean, circa 1966-67.
    A US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Wandank 95k USS Wandank (ATA-204) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Craig Rothhammer.
    Robert Hurst
    Wandank 450k USS Wandank (ATA-204) moored pierside forward of USS San Joaquin County (LST-1122) at Naval Supply Depot Guam, circa 1967-68. Photo by Eli Blanco RM3, USS Wandank 1967-1968
    Wandank 60k USS Wandank (ATA-204) conducting gunnery practice off Saipan, circa 1967-1968. Photo by Eli Blanco RM3, USS Wandank 1967-1968
    Wandank 105k
    Wandank 180k USS Wandank (ATA-204) moored outboard of USS Mahopac (ATA-196) at Naval Base Yokosuka Japan in 1968 while training for a special ops mission. Photo by Eli Blanco RM3, USS Wandank 1967-1968

    USS Wandank (ATA-204)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Ryan, Vernon L., USNR18 January 1945 - ?
     Decommissioned28 November 1947 - 3 May 1952
    02LT. Walden, William A.3 May 1952 - ?
    03LT. Thomas, David H.no dates
    04LT. Flikeld, Jack Robert, USN? - 17 March 1967
    05LT. Dolph, William Annis, USN17 March 1967 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Wandank (ATA-204) Change of Command program 17 March 1967
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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