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USS Hopi (ATF-71)
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USS Hopi (AT-71) (1942 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Kilo - Whiskey
NUKW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal



USS Hopi (ATF-71) was sold to the Republic of China (Taiwan), renamed RCS Ta Han (ATF 542)
Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 5 May 1942, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Hopi (AT-71), 31 March 1943, LT. Oscar W. Huff in command
  • Redesignated a Fleet Ocean Tug, (ATF-71), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Hopi was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 1 to 29 February 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 9 December 1955, at New London, CT.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Turned over to the Maritime Administration, 27 March 1962, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1963
  • Transferred to Taiwan, renamed RCS Ta Han (ATF-542)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Hopi earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    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 2,260 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric drive
    four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Hopi 59k USS Hopi (AT-71) underway, circa 1940s Courtesy Bob Roy and
    The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Hopi (AT-71 / ATF-71)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Huff, Oscar W.31 March 1943 - ?
    02LT. Harrison, William Thomas USN1 January 1949 - ?
    03ENS. Perez, Raul Brown USN31 August 1948 - ?
    04CDR. Hines, Kenneth Washburn USN1 September 1948 - 1949
    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
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    Last Updated 6 September 2013