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USS Choctaw (AT-70 / ATF-70)
|199k||USS Choctaw (AT-70) launching, 18 October 1942, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|321k||USS Choctaw (AT-70) going full astern during builders trials in the Cooper River, at Charleston S.C. in April 1943.||Alan Owens|
|13k||SS Murfreesboro being towed by USS Choctaw (AT-70) off St. Georges, Bermuda, 29 March 1944. Murfreesboro was rammed by SS El Coston during a gale on 25 February 1944. Photo from Armed Guard web site.||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|37k||Aerial view of USS Choctaw (AT-70) towing the tanker SS Murfreesboro 950 miles from the spot in the Atlantic,
where it was disable by collision, back to a US port in 24 days. SS Murfreesboro was damaged when struck by SS El Coston on 25 February 1944
in an Allied convoy heading toward the European Theater. Loaded with 5,500,000 gallons of AVGAS, the tanker burst into flame. After survivors were removed and efforts
to extinguish the flames proved futile the tanker was abandoned and the Choctaw was dispatched from Bermuda. The tug, after a series of difficulties in
high seas managed to secure a tow line to the tanker and towed her to safety with 4,500,000 gallons of AVGAS still aboard. The tug averaged 1.7 miles per hour during
US Navy photo.
|144k||USS Choctaw (ATF-70) underway, date and location unknown.||Stan Svec|
|40k||USS Choctaw (ATF-70) at Naval Station Norfolk, VA, circa 1946. Note the aircraft carrier in the background.||National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors|
| ARC Pedro De Heredia (RM-72)
|74k||Ex-USS Choctaw (ATF-70) in Colombian naval service as ARC Pedro De Heredia (RM-72) under way, circa 1971,
Official Colombian navy photo.
|01||LT. Garland, John Dexter, USN||21 April 1943 - 20 February 1945|
|02||LT. Tuttle, Samuel David, USNR||20 February 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LT. Gill, Ronald Eugene, USN||December 1945 - March 1946|
|04||LCDR. Melchor, Richard Johnston, USNR||March 1946 - July 1946|
|05||LT. Weeks, Edward F., USN||July 1946 - January 1947|
|06||LT. Sokulski, Stanley Albert, USN||January 1947 - 11 March 1947|
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