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Lost to enemy action, 12 December 1943

USS Navajo (AT-64)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (17-KIA) 12 December 1943

Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 12 December 1938, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Launched, 17 August 1939
  • Commissioned, USS Navajo (AT-64), 26 January 1940, LCDR. Myron E. Thomas USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Navajo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns/actions:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Action and Dates
    Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 USS Navajo - salvage operations
    Rennel Island, 29 to 30 January 1943  

  • USS Navajo (AT-64) with gasoline barge YOG-42 in tow was sunk by Japanese submarine HIJMS I-39, 150 miles east of Espiritu Santo, 12 December 1943.
  • USS Navajo earned 3 battle stars during World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,265 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four General Motors 12-278 Diesel-electric main engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Navajo 228k Launching of USS Navajo (AT-64) 17 August 1939, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Staten Island, N.Y.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Navajo 189k USS Navajo (AT-64) Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Staten Island, N.Y., 4 October 1939. The bow of USS Seminole (AT-65) is visible in the bottom left corner of the photo.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Navajo 99k USS Navajo (AT-64) underway, builders completion photo taken off Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island Yard shortly after completion in January 1940.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-21708A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Navajo 50k USS Navajo (AT-64), underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Walter Adams
    to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Navajo 93k USS Navajo (AT-64) at San Francisco, CA., 7 June 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4239-43, 6/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Navajo 120k USS Navajo (AT-64) at San Francisco, CA., 7 June 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4238-43, 6/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Navajo 60k USS Navajo (AT-64) underway off San Francisco, 16 June 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4456-46, 6/16/43
    Darryl Baker
    Navajo 83k USS Navajo (AT-64) underway off San Francisco, 16 June 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4458-43, 6/16/43
    Darryl Baker
    Navajo 84k USS Navajo (AT-64) underway off San Francisco, 16 June 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4455-43, 6/16/43
    Darryl Baker
    Navajo 58k USS Navajo (AT-64) underway off San Francisco, CA., 16 June 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4453-43, 6/16/43
    Darryl Baker

    USS Navajo (AT-64)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Thomas Myron Edgar USN (21)26 January 1940 - June 1941
    02LCDR. McLean, Hugh Buchanan USNJune 1941 - April 1942
    03LCDR. Ouellet, Joseph Alphonse USNApril 1942 - 1 December 1942
    04LTjg. Rigley, Frank USN1 December 1942 - 12 December 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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