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USS Sioux (ATF-75)
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USS Sioux (AT-75) (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Papa - Hotel
NUPH

USS Sioux (ATF-75) was transferred to Turkey and renamed TCG Gazal (A-587)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (14 May 1945) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea 66-74)- Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Philippine Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 14 February 1942, by United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA., at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 27 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Sioux (AT-75), 6 December 1942, LTjg. L. M. Jahnsen in command
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-75), 15 May 1944
  • During WWII USS Sioux was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Occupation and Defense of Cape Torokina, 1, 11, 13, November, 3 to 4 and 15 December 1943
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 5 March 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Kavieng Strike, 25 December 1943
    Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 13 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Sioux was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 28 September to 5 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 15 October 1952 at San Diego, CA., LT. T. B. Hurtt in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Sioux participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    5 to 22 July 1965
    12 to 27 September 1965
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    29 to 30 June 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 to 3 July 1970
    26 to 28 August 1970
    7 to 20 September 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 18 April 1968
    28 May to 26 June 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, circa 30 October 1972
  • Transferred on lease to Turkey, 30 October 1972, renamed TCG Gazal (A-587)
  • Sold outright to Turkey under the Security Assistance Program, 15 August 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1973
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Sioux (ATF-75) earned four battle stars for World War II service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,646 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 8 Officers, 68 Enlisted
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion 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 screw, 3,600shp

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    USS Sioux (ATF-75)
    Sioux 105k USS Sioux (ATF-75) underway, circa 1952.
    US Navy photo # NH 99485 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sioux 112k USS Sioux (ATF-75) underway, circa 1952.
    US Navy photo # NH 99486 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sioux 57k USS Sioux (ATF-75) underway in a tropical harbor, circa 1960s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99487 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sioux 60k USS Sioux (ATF-75) in harbor during the 1960s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99488 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sioux 98k USS Sioux (ATF-75) underway during the 1960s, probably at San Diego.
    Photographed by the Fleet Air Photo Lab (VU-7), Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.
    US Navy photo # NH 99489 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sioux 113k USS Sioux (ATF-75) underway, with her crew manning the rail, circa 1960s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99490-KN from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Knox 119k The Fleet Tugs USS Sioux (ATF-75) and USS Cocopa (ATF-101), the Rescue and Salvage Ships USS Grapple (ARS-7) and USS Conserver (ARS-39) and the Submarine Rescue Ship USS Greenlet (ASR-10) attempting to pull the Destroyer USS Frank Knox (DD-742) off Pratas Reef in the South China Sea, some two hundred miles south east of Hong Kong. Frank Know ran aground 18 July 1965 and was finally refloated, 24 August 1965. This view was probably taken at about the time she was finally refloated on 24 August 1965.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 74179.
    Tony Cowart
    Sioux 82k USS Sioux (ATF-75) moored outboard of USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390) at Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines Islands in 1967. Note the sterns of the AOs on the opposite side of the pier. Only USS Taluga (AO-62) can be identified. Photo taken from USS Bausell (DD-845) Photo by Lee Noland STGC, USN Ret. USS Bausell.
    TCG Gazal (A-587)
    Sioux 154k Ex- USS Sioux (ATF-75) in Turkish naval service as TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
    Sioux 114k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
    Sioux 187k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
    Sioux 68k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
    Sioux 232k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy and CŁneyt Demir
    Sioux 266k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Sioux 111k TCG Gazal (A-587) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Sioux 214k TCG Gazal (A-587) at anchor, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Sioux 48k Drawing of TCG Gazal (A-587) underway by CŁneyt Demir. .

    USS Sioux (ATF-75)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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