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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 left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
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
Final Disposition, fate unknown.
USS Moreno earned three battle stars tor World War II service
Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,674 t.(fl)
Beam 38' 6"
Draft 15' 4"
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)
||USS Moreno (AT-87) underway during builders trials off Philadelphia in November 1942.
||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.
|USS Moreno (ATF-87)
||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)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
|01||LTjg. Kyllberg, Victor Harry, USN||30 November 1942 - 27 October 1944|
|02||LT. Huff, Owen William, USN||27 October 1944 - 3 February 1945|
|03||LT. Trimble, James Hayes, USN||3 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
Last Updated 20 December 2013
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