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Contributed by Matt Kellison via NAFTS

USCGC Cherokee (WMEC-165)
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USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) (1946 - 1965)
USS Cherokee (ATF-66) (1944 - 1946)
USS Cherokee (AT-66) (1940 - 1944)

USS Cherokee - International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Xray - Delta
NAXD
USCGC Cherokee - International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Golf - Papa
NNGP
USS Cherokee Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A" clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


USCG Cherokee Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Coast Guard Unit Commendation with "O" device
Second Row - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with "O" device and 3 Gold stars - National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze star - Humanitarian Service Medal
Third Row - Coast Guard Special Operations Service ribbon with 1 Gold star - Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon with 2 Silver stars and 3 Bronze stars - Navy Sea Service ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars
Commandant's Letter of Commendation with "O" device



USS Cherokee (ATF-66) was transferred to the US Coast Guard, Commissioned USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165)
Navajo Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 23 December 1938, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Launched, 10 November 1939
  • Commissioned USS Cherokee (AT-66), 26 April 1940. LCDR. Paul L. F. Weaver USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Cherokee was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942

  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-66), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1946, transferred to the US Coast Guard the same day
  • Commissioned USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165), 29 June 1946
  • Redesignated Medium Endurance Cutter WMEC-165 in 1965
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 28 February 1991, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to Naval custody, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1991
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target
  • USS Cherokee earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    USS Cherokee (AF-66) (ATF-66)
    Cherokee 206k Cherokee (AT-66) at Bethlehem Steel Staten Island Yard, Ship Building Division, 3 April 1940, prior to sea trials.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Cherokee 194k Cherokee (AT-66) tied up at Bethlehem Steel Staten Island Yard, Ship Building Division, 3 April 1940, prior to sea trials.
    US Navy photo from "Our Navy" magazine
    Robert Hurst
    Cherokee 98k USS Cherokee (AT-66) under way near Norfolk Navy Yard soon after her completion in April 1940. The first three ships of the Navajo class fleet ocean tugs were built to a typical pre-war design with numerous portholes in the hull and superstructure.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N (NH) box 57,, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy ShipScribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Cherokee 128k USS Cherokee (AT-66) under way off Norfolk Navy Yard, 13 March 1942. Her hull portholes have been plated over. The escort carrier to the left is probably HMS Avenger (BAVG-2), which was delivered without an island.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-29463, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Cherokee 105k USS Cherokee (AT-66) probably photographed at the time of her completion in April 1940.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N (NH) box 57, Photo # 19-N-22660 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) (WMEC-165)
    Cherokee 76k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) under way, 12 September 1946, location unknown. US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Cherokee 29k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) off US Coast Guard Base, (Berkley) Norfolk, VA., circa mid-1950s. Submitted by Larry Richter to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Cherokee 43k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Chilula 54k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) with ex-USS Chilula (ATF-153) in tow in 1956 while on her way to the Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay , MD. for conversion to Coast Guard service.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Alan Owens
    Cherokee 42k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) under way off the North Carolina coast, 1964.
    US Coast Guard photo
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Cherokee 131k USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) under way, 2 June 1965. Note the re-opened hull portholes and improved visibility from the pilot house.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Cherokee 38k USCGC Cherokee (WMEC-165) moored pierside, date and place unknown. Submitted by Jerry Lentz to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Cherokee 39k USCGC Cherokee (WMEC-165) moored pierside, date and place unknown. Submitted by Matt Kellison to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Cherokee 34k USCGC Cherokee (WMCE-165) passing under the Berkley Bridge, Norfolk, VA., circa 1960s Submitted by Larry Richter to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Seneca 74k USCGC Cherokee (WMEC-165) moored pierside astern of USS Seneca (ATF-91) at NavPhib Base Little Creek, VA., in 1971. Submitted by Harvey Naeser to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Cherokee (AT-66 / ATF-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Weaver, Paul Leicester Ford, USN (24) :RADM26 April 1940 - August 1941
    02LCDR. Hartenstein, William, USNAugust 1941 - 20 July 1942
    03LT. Lawson, Jacob Frank, USN20 July 1942 - April 1944
    04LT. Johnson, Louis Gerald, USNRApril 1944 - October 1945
    05LT. Harris, Donald Sherman, USNROctober 1945 - 29 June 1946
     Decommissioned29 June 1946
    01CDR. Haglove, Jonas T., USCG29 June 1946 - June 1948
    02CDR. Carpenter, Albert J., USCG June 1948-June 1950
    03CDR. Caskey, Myron W., USCG June 1950-June 1952
    04CDR. Chiswell Jr., Benjamin J., USCG June 1952-June 1954
    05CDR. Forehand Jr., Hersey C., USCG June 1954-June 1956
    06CDR. Keene, Henry C., USCG June 1956-March 1958
    07CDR. Russell, Stanley B., USCG March 1958-June 1959
    08CDR. Thompson, John F., USCG June 1959-June 1961
    09CDR. Banner, Roger H., USCG June 1961-June 1963
    10CDR. McCormack, Harold J., USCG June 1953-August 1965
    11CDR. Schwob, William S., USCG August 1965-July 1967
    12CDR. Fox, W Dennis, USCG July 1967-July 1969
    13CDR. Koll, Victor, USCG July 1969-June 1971
    14CDR. Thompson, Milton J., USCG June 1971-January 1973
    15CDR. Billingham, James S., USCG January 1973-March 1973
    16CDR. O'Donnel, Jack A., USCG March 1973-August 1975
    17CDR. Shytle, Marshall H., USCG August 1975-August 1977
    18CDR. Bastek, Robert A., USCG August 1977-July 1979
    19CDR. Heid, Robert J., USCG July 1979-July 1981
    20CDR. Somers, Laurie J., USCG July 1981-July 1983
    21CDR. Josephson, Carl A., USCG July 1983-July 1985
    22CDR. Preston, Duane I., USCG July 1985-August 1987
    23CDR. Bernard, Thomas E., USCG August 1987-July 1989
    24CDR. Adams, Frederick A., USCG July 1989-February 1991
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Cherokee
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