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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Kiowa (ATF-72)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Kiowa (AT-72) (1943 - 1944)
November - Uniform - Lima - Tango
Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Glitter (G)olf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 2-Dominican Republic)
USS Kiowa (ATF-72) was loaned to the Dominican Republic and renamed Macorix (RM-21)
Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
Laid down, 22 June 1942, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 5 November 1942
Commissioned USS Kiowa (AT-72), 7 June 1943, LT. William O. Kuykendall in command
Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-72), 15 May 1944
During World War II USS Kiowa was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Task Group 122.3 - Salvage and Fire Fighting Group (Wreck Dispersal Vessel)
Decommissioned, date unknown
Transferred (loaned) to the Dominican Republic under terms of the Security Assistance Act in 1972, renamed Macorix (RM-21)
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1979
USS Kiowa earned one battle star for World War II service
Decommissioned by the Dominican Republic in 1986 and returned to US custody
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 12 December 1994
Displacement 1,164 t.(lt)
Beam 38' 6"
Draft 15' 4" (lim)
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. mgs
Diesel 2,260 Bbls
Diesel-electric, 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
single propeller, 3,000shp
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||USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway, date and location unknown.
||National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway in 1953, location unknown.
||USS Kiowa (ATF-72) moored pierside at Genoa,Italy in 1966.
||USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway in Valletta harbour, Malta in 1966.
Photo by A & J Pavia from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
USS Kiowa (AT-72 / ATF-72)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Kuykendall, William O.||7 June 1943 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Sabin, James Franklin||no dates|
|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
Last Updated 12 December 2014
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