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USS Moreno (ATF-87)
USS Moreno (AT-87) (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (6 July 1943)
Botto Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (3-WIA- 6 July 1943, Bizerte, Tunisia)

Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 26 June 1942, at Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 9 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Moreno (AT-87), 30 November 1942, LTjg. Victor H. Kyllberg, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Moreno was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 10 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 to 22 August 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug, (ATF-87), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 18 August 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX. Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • USS Moreno earned three battle stars tor World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,674 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16k.5kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA guns
    two depth charge tracks
    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 Moreno (AT-87)
    Moreno 226k USS Moreno (AT-87) under way during builders trials off Philadelphia in November 1942. Alan Owens
    Moreno 60k USS Moreno (AT-87) rendering assistance to HMS Abercrombie, 10 September 1943, in the Gulf of Salerno. On the afternoon of 9 September, the Monitor HMS Abercrombie drifted into an unswept minefield while awaiting calls for bombardment support in the Gulf of Salerno. She is seen here the following day with Moreno.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Moreno (ATF-87)
    Moreno 226k USS Moreno (ATF-87) ship's party, Moose Hall, Long Beach, CA., 10 November 1945. Doug Noble for his father Adrian Arthur Noble S1/c USS Moreno

    USS Moreno (AT-87 / ATF-87)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Kyllberg, Victor Harry, USN30 November 1942 - 27 October 1944
    02LT. Huff, Owen William, USN27 October 1944 - 3 February 1945
    03LT. Trimble, James Hayes, USN3 February 1945 - 13 August 1946
    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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