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USS Menominee (ATF-73)
USS Menominee (AT-73) (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Mike - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Menominee (ATF-73) was transferred to Indonesia and renamed Rakata (928)
Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 27 September 1941, at United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Menominee (AT-73), 25 September 1942, LCDR. Emil C. Generaux, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Menominee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of the southern Solomon Islands, 7 April 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 May 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Green Island landing, 13 to 22 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landing, 11 to 12 April 1944
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 5 to 31 July 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
  • Following World War II USS Menominee was assigned to Occupation duty from 2 September t o28 October 1945
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-73), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at Portland, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1959
  • USS Menominee earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, to Indonesia, renamed Rakata (928)
  • Place in reserve by the Indonesian Navy in 1990
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    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
    Diesel-electric drive
    four General Motors 12-278 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 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Menominee 251k USS Menominee (AT-73) on the builders ways 2 January 1942, at United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Menominee 168k USS Menominee (AT-73) in San Francisco Bay, 30 September 1942
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96840
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Menominee 68k IJNS Kikuzuki (Japanese Destroyer, 1926-1942), under salvage at Halavo Bay, Florida Island, near Tulagi, 10 August 1943. She had been sunk there by USS Yorktown (CV-5) planes 4 May 1942. This view looks aft from the ship's bow, with USS Menominee (ATF-73) and a crane barge working off her stern.
    USMC photo # 59610
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Menominee 53k USS Menominee (AT-73) raising Japanese ships sunk at Tinian, circa 1945 Tommy Trampp
    Menominee 40k USS Menominee (AT-73) at anchor at Tinian, circa 1945 Tommy Trampp
    262k USS Extricate (ARS-16) astern of USS Menominee (ATF-73) alongside the port quarter of USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) doing pump and salvage on the morning of 13 August 1945. Pennsylvania had been torpedoed at 2045 the evening before in Buckner Bay, Okinawa. Views from the USS Putnam (DD-757) gig , collection of George Hanse Eric Hansen and
    John Chiquoine

    USS Menominee (AT-73 / ATF-73)
    Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Generaux Jr., Emil Cazalis, USNR25 September 1942 - October 1943
    02LT. Young Jr., John Albert, USNROctober 1943 - July 1945
    03LT. Minshew, Davis, USNRJuly 1945 - December 1945
    04LT. Krick, Orville Leigh, USNDecember 1945 - 1 October 1946
    05LTjg. Maurer, Mark, USNR1 October 1946 - 15 November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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