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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:
|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
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)
Beam 38' 6"
Draft 15' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
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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||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.
||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)
|01||LTjg. Dilworth, Frank Claude, USN||7 November 1942 - 14 April 1943|
|02||LCDR. George, Flavius Josephus, USNR||14 April 1943 - 31 December 1943|
|03||LT. Lees, James Samuel, USN||31 December 1943 - 24 September 1944|
|04||LT. Cramer, Harold Charles, USNR||24 September 1944 - 31 October 1945|
|05||LCDR. Moran, Francis Patrick, USN||31 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
Last Updated 13 July 2018
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