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USS Pawnee (ATF-74)
USS Pawnee (AT-74) (1942 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 23 October 1941, at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS Pawnee (AT-74), 7 November 1942, LTjg. Frank C. Dilworth, USN in command
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug, (ATF-74), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Pawnee was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia - Rendova - Vangunu, 30 June 1943
    Vella Lavella operation, 3, 7, 16, 21 September, 7 and 8 October 1943
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944 1944
    Treasury - Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 17 November 1943
    Leyte operation
    3rd Fleet supporting operations Okinawa Attack, 10 October 1944
    Northern Luzon and Formosa Attacks, 11 to 14 October 1944
    Luzon Attacks, 15 October 1944

  • Following World War II USS Pawnee was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from, 28 September 1945 to 24 February 1946
  • Decommissioned in January 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 13 April 1961, custody retained by US Navy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • USS Pawnee earned four battle stars for World war II service
  • Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1962, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 November 1971, to Match & Kirk
    Displacement 1,165 t.(lt)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Diesel-electric - four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators
    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 6+0Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,600shp

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    Pawnee 326k USS Pawnee (ATF-74) under construction of the building ways at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA., 2 January 1942.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Pawnee 16k USS Pawnee (ATF-74) at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by John R Gehler to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Pawnee (AT-74 / ATF-74)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Dilworth, Frank Claude, USN7 November 1942 - 14 April 1943
    02LCDR. George, Flavius Josephus, USNR14 April 1943 - 31 December 1943
    03LT. Lees, James Samuel, USN31 December 1943 - 24 September 1944
    04LT. Cramer, Harold Charles, USNR24 September 1944 - 31 October 1945
    05LCDR. Moran, Francis Patrick, USN31 October 1945 - January 1947
    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 13 July 2018