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USS Mataco (ATF-86)
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USS Mataco (AT-86) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - Romeo
NBDR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits) - Vietnam Service Medal (7)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 27 June 1942, at United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 14 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Mataco (AT-86), 29 May 1943, LT. William G. Baker, USN, in command
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-86), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Mataco was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation, 20 to 24 November 1943 Iwo Jima operation
    Capture and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 to 28 February 1945
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April and 28 May to 30 June 1945
    Marianas operation, June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 10 to 15 August 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS Mataco was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September 1945 to 16 April 1946
  • During the Korean War USS Mataco participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 28 November 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    14 September 1952
    28 September to 16 October 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USS Mataco participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    19 to 22 April 1967
    5 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    13 to 21 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 12 June 1967
    5 to 10 July 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 5 January 1970
    28 January to 1 February 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    18 to 30 May 1968
    7 to 11 June 1968
    Consolidation II
    9 to 11 December 1971
    18 to 23 December 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    10 to 31 August 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1977
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1979
  • USS Mataco (ATF-86) earned earned five battle stars for World War II service, four battle stars for Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 April 1979
  • Resold for foreign commercial service, date unknown, as a "party" boat at Acapulco, Mexico
  • Laid up (date unknown) and moored to a buoy at N 16'50'30.2 W 99'54'16.6 at Acapulco Mexico
  • Final Disposition, sunk, date unknown, after 12 years of neglect at the buoy in 60 feet of water and remains there today
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,265 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four General Motors 12-278 Diesel-electric main engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 100Kw 120V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Mataco 77k USS Mataco (ATF-86) underway, date and location unknown. Bruce Billig for his father
    CDR. August Billig USN Ret
    (deceased), CO USS Mataco (ATF-86) 1944-46
    Mataco 71k USS Mataco (ATF-86) circa 1960s. location unknown. Submitted by Don Mosley to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Mataco 190k USS Mataco (ATF-86) under way in Subic Bay, Philippines, 3 November 1969.
    US National Archives Photo No. K-79156 by PH1 Chow, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mataco 217k USS Mataco (ATF-86) under way date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 82590
    Mike Green
    Mataco 179k USS Mataco (ATF-86) under way circa 1970s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 86156-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mataco 191k USS Mataco (ATF-86) personnel on board and alongside the ship circa 1970s, location unknown. Note: Insignia on ship, "SERVRON ONE [Service Squadron One], Primus Ducere Salvus Pacificus."
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 86157-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Mataco Ship Decals
    Mataco
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler
    Mataco
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler
    Mataco
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler
    Mataco
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler

    USS Mataco (AT / ATF-86)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Baker, William Gilbert, USN29 May 1943 - 1 October 1944
    02LTjg. Hall, Gilbert Otis, USNR1 October 1944 - 1 November 1933
    03LT. Billig, August Blaze, USN1 November 1944 - October 1946
    04LT. Reynolds, Lester Laurence, USNOctober 1946 - January 1948
    05LT. Murphy, Lewis James, USNFebruary 1948 - March 1950
    06LT. Wilson, Frank PrestonMarch 1950 - April 1952
    07LT. Danehower, James HowardApril 1952 - May1954
    08LT. Ives Jr., John RefflyingMay 1954 - August 1957
    09 LT. McGonagle, William LorenAugust 1957 - March 1959
    10LT. Kemble, Richard EllisMarch 1959 - March 1960
    11LT. Shafer, William John EnochMarch 1960 - July 1962
    12LT. Clement Jr., Carl ClarenceJuly1962 - June 1964
    13LT. Evans, Alton Ray USNJune 1964 - October 1966
    14LCDR. Ware, Downey MoncureOctober 1966 - February 1969
    15LCDR. Clair, Robert ArthurFebruary 1969 - June 1970
    16LT. Smith, Jerry LynnJune 1970 - November 1971
    17LT. Klaas, Jack UlrichNovember 1971 - March 1973
    18LCDR. Smith, J. PalmerMarch 1973 - July 1975
    19LCDR. Smith Jr., Thomas HiramJuly 1975 - 11 August 1977
    20LT. Gavett Jr., Wallace Leonard11 August 1977 - 1 October 1977
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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