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USS Kiowa (ATF-72)
USS Kiowa (AT-72) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
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 USN 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)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4" (lim)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. mgs
    Fuel Capacity
    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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    Kiowa 35k USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway, date and location unknown. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Kiowa 78k USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway in 1953, location unknown. Alan Owen
    45k USS Kiowa (ATF-72) towing a target sled into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 February 1963.
    US Navy photo taken from USS Intrepid (CVS-11).
    Robert Hurst
    Kiowa 601k USS Kiowa (ATF-72) moored pierside at Genoa,Italy in 1966. Carlo Martinelli
    Kiowa 477k
    Kiowa 197k USS Kiowa (ATF-72) underway in Valletta harbor, Malta in 1966.
    Photo by A & J Pavia from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst

    USS Kiowa (AT-72 / ATF-72)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kuykendall, William Oliver, USN7 June 1943 - 31 May 1945
    02LT. Sherwood, Charles Grady, USN31 May 1945 - 1947
    03LT. Hall, William Clayton, USN1947 - ?
    07LT. Jennings, Gerald Warren ? - 1957
    09LCDR. Guion, Joseph Edward, USN? -1959
    10LCDR. McNulty, James Francis, USN :RADM1961 - 1963
    11LCDR. Sabin, James Franklin, USN1963 - 1965
    12LT. Sylvester, Vincent, USN1965 - 1967
    13LT. Moore, Thomas Joseph, USN1967 - 1969
    14LT. Gastar, Stanley Douglas, USNFebruary 1971 - ?
    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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